This dad-of-five, Jose Oliveira can’t step outside of his front door in Sal, Cape Verde without someone mistaking him for the ex-leader of United States.

The tour guide, whose friends have nicknamed him ‘Mr Obama’, says he has been mistaken for the politician for 10 years, adding: “Some people even ask me if I’m his brother.”

“I work as a tour guide,” he added. “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!’.

“I find it very funny and I don’t mind posing for photographs with people. I have at least 15 photographs and selfies taken every day.”

Jose said that he has never been asked to represent Barack Obama as a lookalike at any event, but wouldn’t rule it out if the opportunity came knocking.

“President Obama is a good man, so I like it when people compare me to him. It is also good for business,” he said.

I never try to dress like Obama or copy him in anyway.

“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.”

“I have never said I look like Obama, people tell me I do,” added Jose. “But personally I say Barack Obama looks like me.”

 

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