US President Barack Obama's 16-year-old daughter Malia has attracted unsolicited attention from Kenya, where the president's father was from, as one intrepid Kenyan lawyer on Tuesday offered a motley selection of livestock to marry the teenager.
The lawyer, Felix Kiprono, of the Kalenjin tribe, said he would pay Obama 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats to marry his daughter, reports AFP.
How – and if – Obama intends to respond to the offer remains to be seen.
Kiprono told The Nairobian that he "got interested in her in 2008," when Obama was making his first presidential campaign and Malia was a tender ten years of age.
"As a matter of fact, I haven’t dated anyone since and promise to be faithful to her. I have shared this with my family and they are willing to help me raise the bride price," said the infatuated Kenyan.
It is unclear how old Kiprono is, although he was said to be young.
Kiprono said he will present Obama with his offer and is full of hope that the president will bring Malia with him when he makes his first presidential visit to Kenya in July.
“I am currently drafting a letter to Obama asking him to please have Malia accompany him for this trip. I hope the embassy will pass the letter to him,” he said.
Obama may be rich and influential, but according to the love-struck lawyer his intentions are pure. "People might say I am after the family’s money, which is not the case. My love is real," he protested.
His proposal is all planned out, and is to be made on a hill near his rural village. The wedding won't have champagne, he said, but rather "mursik," a traditional sour milk.
What would lie in store for Malia Obama as Kiprono's wife? According to him they would lead "a simple life."
"I will teach Malia how to milk a cow, cook ugali (maize porridge) and prepare mursik like any other Kalenjin woman," he said.
As far away as the life of a Kalenjin woman may seem to the daughter of the American president, traditional Kenyan life actually isn't that remote to the Obamas.
The president's grandmother, aged in her early 90s, lives in the western Kenyan town of Kogelo along with a number of his other relatives. She is from the Luo tribe.