The last time we heard about Mark Ndesandjo, the China-based half-brother of US President Barack Obama, he was still busy raising funds for the orphans in Shenzhen.
Well Ndesandjo is in Shanghai now and he made an appearance at the ongoing Shanghai Book Fair yesterday to sign autographs and promote his new semi-autobiographical novel “Nairobi to Shenzhen”. The novel tells the “story of an abusive parent, patterned on his and Obama’s Kenyan father”, according to AP.
The publicity-shy Ndesandjo has been living in Shenzhen, where he runs an internet company called World Nexus, since 2001. He speaks fluent Mandarin, practises calligraphy in his spare time, and appears to have a special heart for orphans.
In 2008, shortly after Obama became president, Ndesandjo was reported in the Chinese press to have sent a text message to all his friends announcing “新美国来了！” (“The new America has come!”).