U.S. President Barack Obama’s China-residing half-brother, Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo, has now launched his first novel, “Nairobi to Shenzhen.” in Guangdong province. The book is “semi-autobiographial” and about his life rather than that of his slightly more famous kin.
According to the WSJ:
Ndesandjo’s final version, a work of fiction, reflects his own experiences of growing up in Kenya, living in the U.S., and eventually settling in China. It also makes reference to the author’s difficult relationship with his late father, Barack Obama Sr., who Ndesandjo describes as emotionally and physically abusive.
“My mother used to say of my father, he’s a brilliant man but a social failure,” Ndesandjo told reporters. “I remember times in my house when I would hear screams and I would hear my mother’s pain.”
Still, he attributes the American prez to helping him come to terms with his past and write a “book to raise awareness of domestic violence and help improve the lives of disadvantaged children everywhere.” Ndesandjo, whose already proven himself to be a charitable sort in the past, will be donating 15% of the proceeds from the novel to organizations that work with children.
Considering the problems China has with domestic abuse, we’re hoping some people around the neighborhood are inspired to pick up this book as well.