Meet this African guy who is easily mistaken for Barack Obama

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African man, Jose Oliviera, who resembles the former America President Barack Obama is having a bitter sweet experience with the attention that he is getting.

The 43-year-old father of five from Cape Verde, off the northwest coast of Africa gets stopped frequently by random people to comment on his resemblance and even ask for pictures according to the Telegraph.

“Ever since Barack Obama was made president I have had people stopping me to tell me I look like him, so it has been happening for almost 10 years now,” said Jose, adding “I have at least 15 photographs and selfies taken every day.


Jose has found the attention he is getting because of his famous doppleganger has done well for his work.

“I work as a tour guide so I am always meeting new people and their reaction is always the same. As soon as they see me they say: ‘Oh my God, you look just like Obama!’ he says.

Jose says he doesn’t mind looking like Obama since he is a good man and it is good for business. He insists that he doesn’t dress like Obama or mimic the former president in anyway but people do stop him still.

“I have never thought about working as an Obama lookalike before, but maybe I would if given the opportunity. If it was an honest and respectful job that allowed me to support my family I would think about it.

Jose would like to think that “I have never said I look like Obama, people tell me I do, and it’s cool. But personally I say Barack Obama looks like me.”