Britain’s Most Famous Bingo Player Becomes Citizen

One of Great Britain’s most famous bingo players has just been awarded British citizenship. Kezia Obama, the stepmother of US President Barack Obama, is officially a British citizen and was presented with a Certificate of Nationalisation which is the last step before obtaining a British passport. The Bracknell resident is now entitled to vote in national and local elections. Kezia was Mr. Obama’s first wife and is a regular player at local bingo halls and has hosted charity internet bingo games.

Ian Manners, the ex-husband of Kezia’s daughter Auma, who is the half sister of Mr. Obama, told the Bracknell Forest Standard “She is very proud to become a British citizen. She filled in all the paperwork and was delighted to be able to go to the ceremony to be officially made a citizen by the mayor. She still lives in Bullbrook and goes to the Farningham old people’s home and Dennis Pilcher house to play Bingo with her friends.” Bracknell Forest mayor Councillor Chris Turrell told reporters he was honored to present Mrs. Obama with her citizenship documents. Turrell stated “I was really very pleased to present Mrs Obama with her citizenship documents. She’s a very nice lady. Most people become citizens after seven or eight years but she’s been living in Britain for 10. She was clearly delighted to become a citizen and take the oath.”

Mrs. Obama has made an indelible mark on the British bingo world. In 2009 Kezia Obama hosted a series of charity bingo games in partnership with Gala bingo. The first games generated about twenty thousand pounds for the Sue Ryder Charity. The Sue Ryder Charity provides aid and serviced for those suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses. Mrs. Obama was invited to Sue Ryder Care hospice in Nettlebed after raising the funds through a series of popular and well attended internet bingo games. The games were titled ‘Mrs. Obama’s Bingo.’ The first game was launched as Mrs. Obama was making plans to join her stepson Barack Obama at his inauguration.

The charity games were so successful that several internet bingo sites launched charity bingo games for various good causes. For decades bingo has been a valuable fundraising tool for charities. In Ireland and Canada bingo halls must be affiliates with charitable organizations to operate legally. It was inevitable that charity bingo games would eventually go online and the tradition of charity online bingo games is now well established.