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article imageObama Brother Lives Successful Life in China

By Carol Forsloff     Feb 8, 2009 in Politics
We read about an aunt of Barack Obama who is homeless and in trouble. We read about a half brother in Africa living in poverty and not doing well. Now we learn that another of the President's siblings lives successfully in China.
He does charitable work and likely would make the President proud. He is also talented, as the Chinese press reports, with his piano playing at a posh hotel where he entertained to raise money for orphans.
Obama’s brother Mark Ndesandjo, is described as a very private person who has been in China doing various business activities and active in the arts as well with writing and music. He played the piano recently at a charity concert in Shenzhen, southern China in mid January. The press didn’t accentuate who he was at all but instead focused on the concert itself, according to Chinese press.
About 200 people attended the fundraiser and most likely did not know that Ndesandjo is the half brother of the President of the United States. He was decked out in a Chinese shirt and looked slightly like his brother, Obama, press reports. Ndesandjo hasn’t been interested in having publicity because of his brother since his family relationship to Obama was made public during the summer of 2008.
Ndesandjo has been living in Shenzhen for seven years and has been working as a strategic marketing consultant according to an announcement for his piano concert. In addition he helped found a series of eateries in China called Cabin BBQ. He is said to speak Mandarin, is a vegetarian and practices Chinese calligraphy and has just finished a novel entitled “Nairobi to Shenzhen” for which at present he doesn’t have a publisher.
One source gives a list of the eight half brothers and sisters Obama has had. Seven are living, and result from four other relationships or marriages of his parents. His father, Barack Obama Sr. had four children before he married Obama’s mother in Hawaii. These two, Abongo and Auma were born before the President. After the divorce from Obama’s mother, Obama Sr. married another American woman with which he had Mark and David. David was killed in a motorcycle accident. Mark, as we have seen, lives in China and has a variety of skills and interests. Obama’s father also had two other children, Abo and Bernard, by another woman, his first wife, although there is some question as to who Bernard’s mother really was. Stanley Ann Dunham had another child other than Barack Obama, a daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng from her second marriage to the Indonesian man. Lolo Soetoro.
Ndesandjo, this brother of Obama’s in China, is said to be slim, healthy, somewhat over 6 feet tall, a vegetarian and married to a Chinese woman. He is described as having dark brown skin with very clear facial features, and since it was learned that he is Barack Obama’s half brother, he has done everything he can to avoid publicity. But it will likely not be easy, given the high profile life of the President of the United States.
As there was no publicity related to Ndesandjo’s status as President Obama’s brother at Ndesandjo's concert, it appears that this half brother wants to be known for his own accomplishments and not those of his brother, Barack Obama.
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