Raila Odinga, in full Raila Amolo Odinga, (born January 7, 1945, Maseno, Kenya), Kenyan businessman and politician who served as prime minister of Kenya (2008–13) following the contentious presidential election of December 2007.
His first name comes from the word that means “blessed by God” in Arabic. In the Kenyan town where his father was born, the long-brewed “Senator” brand of beer has been nicknamed “Obama.”
He was a U.S. Senator from Illinois since 3 January 2005. Barrack Obama won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word for the CD version of his autobiography “Dreams From My Father” (2006).