Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Celebrations in Obama ancestral home

By WALTER MENYA and DAN OBIERO

Celebrations broke out in Kisumu and Nyangoma Kogelo following the announcement that Barrack Obama had won the US presidential elections.

His family broke in to song and dance in support of Obama at their village home and were joined in the celebrations by 86-year-old Sarah Obama, the US president-elect step grandmother.

They promised to addresses the press later in the day.

Excited crowds waved the American flag and carried life size photos of Mr Obama, immediately the results of Virginia came in.

Other villagers joined in with shouts of Jakogelo Yiengo Piny”, which translates to the one from Kogelo shakes the world.

Over 1,000 residents of Nyangoma Kogelo, Barack Obama’s ancestral home braved the chilly night to watch the results of the US presidential elections trickle in.

The anxious residents had gathered at the village dispensary where a giant screen was mounted for villagers to monitor the poll.

In Kisumu, the Jomo Kenyatta sports ground was thronged with villagers chanting “Jakogelo” (the one from Kogelo and “White House Direct.”

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