Ever since Barrack Obama became the president of the United States of America, he has captured the imagination of many Kenyans who consider him to be one of their own. In Dear President Obama, "Letters from Kogelo and Beyond", Kenyans share their experiences and dreams for the future with the president of the United States. The book begins with a letter from a child who expresses the pride that the residents of Kogelo have in President Obama to whom they are all related in one way or the other. Subsequent letters are mostly from adults from varying socioeconomic groups who address a plethora of issues which affect ordinary Kenyan citizens. All of the narrative voices reflect a shared heritage with President Obama and view him as an effective channel for voicing their concerns about local issues of global significance.