The [British] National Archives (BNA) is an executive
agency of the government of the United Kingdom. Based in Kew in southwest
London, the BNA is the UK government’s official archive, containing 1,000 years
of history from Domesday Book to the present, with records from
parchment and paper scrolls to digital files and archived websites, including
Foreign Office and Colonial Office correspondence and files. The collections
held by the BNA can be searched using their online
catalogue. Entrance to the Archives is free.
On April 18, 2012, the BNA released the first batch of
thousands of “lost” colonial-era files believed to have been destroyed,
including files on Britain’s former colony of Kenya. Reporters at the UK’s The Guardian were among
the first who looked at some of the newly released colonial files. They found
that the name of Barack Obama (henceforth, Obama Sr.), the father of the POS
in the White House, is on the top of a list of names revealed in a hitherto
secret British colonial file of Kenyans studying in the United
But it’s not just UK journalists who can access the British
National Archives; anyone can. In May 2012, someone conducted a search of the
Archives using the search term “Obama” and found that an unnamed son of Obama Sr. was born in Kenya in
1961. Since the POS in the White House is the only known son of Obama Sr.
born after 1960 and before 1963 when Kenya became officially independent from
the UK, it is reasonable for us to conclude that the POS is that unnamed son of
Obama Sr. born in Kenya in 1961. And in fact, the claimed birth date of the POS
is August 4, 1961.