President Barack Obama’s half-brother Mark Obama Ndesandjo has plans to publish an autobiography in February. It is set to include the domestic abuse that both brothers allegedly experienced.
The self-published book is entitled “Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery” and is meant to set straight supposed untruths published in President Obama’s “Dreams From My Father.”
Ndesandjo has said that his primary purpose in releasing the book is raising awareness of domestic abuse by using his family’s story. In one memorable passage, Ndesandjo recalls how his father put a knife to his mother’s throat after she took out a restraining order against him.
Despire his noble cause, Ndesandjo‘s family has not welcomed the idea of their personal lives being publicized.
When asked how his relationship with Obama fared, Ndesandjo said they were still not close.
“Right now it’s cold and I think part of the reason is because of my writing,” Ndesandjo said. “My writing has alienated some people in my family.”
Ndesandjo added that when Obama is no longer President, he hopes the they can hug and become family again.
Some of the book’s profits will go to charities, including Ndesandjo’s own foundation, which uses art to help disadvantaged children.