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Prez Obama's stepmother gets British citizenship

world Updated: Dec 13, 2011 12:57 IST

US President Barack Obama's stepmother Kezia Obama has been granted British citizenship after living in the UK for 10 years, a media report said.

The 68-year-old, who was once married to President Obama's late father, Barack Obama Snr, was presented with her certificate of citizenship by Mayor of Bracknell, Berkshire, Chris Turrell, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.

Kezia is known to be a regular at the town's Point Bingo hall and lives in a bungalow in the county where she says she feels "very settled".

Family members Mary Rushby -- the sister of Ian Manners, who was once married to Kezia's daughter, Auma, and her husband, Brian Rushby, were there to support her on the day of the ceremony.

"I am so happy, because I have been waiting for it for a long time. I am so proud," Kezia was quoted as saying.

She was a guest at President Obama's inauguration in 2009 and gives pride of place in her living room to a picture of the president.

But for all the glamour of Washington, the widow admits she has come to love Bracknell, where she lives close to her son-in-law and his family. "I like the people here. People here are very, very good people. I feel very settled. I like the town and the people," she said.