The Lucas Smith image, purporting to be a Kenyan birth certificate for Barack Obama shows the attending physician as James O. W. Ang’awa. That’s not a made-up name. There really was such a physician in Kenya, and one of some note. Unfortunately for our purposes and for his family as well, he was murdered some 40 years ago.
What is interesting from the conspiracy theory point of view, a view always looking for connections, is the fact that Ang’awa was a neighbor of Barack Obama, Sr. according to a recent article at Kenya’s leading newspaper, The Nation.
Is this a remarkable coincidence? Well, if the birth certificate is a fake (and it most likely is), then the faker could have chosen any name he wanted and put it on the certificate, including one that had some connection to Barack Obama, Sr. Of course, whatever travel fancies may exist, Barack Obama, Sr. was going to college when his son, the future president, was born, and not residing near Dr. Ang’awa. That must have come later.
Kenya’s “The Nation” newspaper states that Dr Ang’awa was the director of the national anti-tuberculosis unit at the ministry of Health at the time of his death around 1970. In 1951 and 1952, Ang’awa published two articles related to medical complications related to childbirth. But by 1959 he was publishing articles about the treatment of tuberculosis at the Port Reitz Chest Hospital (in Mombasa). At the time of his death in 1970, Ang’awa was head of the national anti-tuberculosis unit at the ministry of Health.
So far, I haven’t been able to find any evidence that Dr. Ang’awa was delivering babies in 1961. Some have suggested that Ang’awa’s name came from an 1966 Journal of Tropical Pediatrics paper by him. There is an image floating around the Internet showing that journal article accompanied by two inked infant footprints (remarkably similar to the ones on the Smith certificate); however, I have not been able to locate an original image that includes this journal article and the footprints and have some doubts that it is authentic. It rather looks like someone took the journal article and pasted the footprint from the Smith certificate on them, flipping one copy. Given that the topic of the article is tuberculosis prevention, focusing on school age children, inked baby footprints don’t make a lot of sense.
The Lucas Smith certificate is discussed in my article: Latest filings in Barnett v Obama.