A three-legged stool and a traditional Luo oxtail fly whisk are some of the household items that could bring a new feel to the Oval Office, courtesy of Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother.
Sarah Obama, who at 86 still lives in a modest house in the family's ancestral village of Kogelo, has been packing presents ahead of her grandson's January 20 inauguration as the 44th president of the United States.
Quoted in the Standard newspaper, she said she had hoped to bring him a traditional spear and shield from her Luo tribe when she flies to Washington on Friday with some other family members.
"But I have been told that due to security reasons I will not be allowed to board a plane with it," she said.
Sarah Obama has become a national celebrity since the Illinois senator launched his bid for the White House.
"The day I was waiting for has finally come . I cannot hide my joy," she said.
"I am going to be Kenya's ambassador during the occasion." - Sapa-AFP