Obama's grandfather's wife performs Hajj

President's cousins also head to Saudi for pilgrimage


Sarah Obama, the wife of the American President Barack Obama's grandfather, arrived in Saudi Arabia where she is set to perform the annual Muslim pilgrimage, or Hajj, press reports said Wednesday.

Sarah was accompanied by her grandson and Obama's cousins who will all be hosted as guests of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

Sarah's trip to Saudi, along with 10 villagers from Kogelo Kenya, where she will head to Mecca and Medina as part of her pilgrimage refutes published reports that she had converted to Christianity.

Obama lived with his grandmother in the remote village of Kogelo, the birthplace of U.S. president's father, which was said to have had an important impact on his understanding of different religions and how to communicate between them.