Kenya declares holiday for Obama •As Obama’s Kenyan family celebrates victory


Kenya has declared today a public holiday to celebrate the
election of Barack Obama.
Obama’s father was from
Kenya and his victory has prompted jubilation across the country. “We the Kenyan people
are immensely proud of your Kenyan roots,” President Mwai Kibaki said.

The BBC’s Juliet Njeri
said Obama’s step-grandmother was seen dancing and cheering jubilantly outside
her house after the results were declared.

She said Obama’s family
stayed up all night in the western Kenyan village of Kogelo watching the
election count, and they are now preparing for a big party.
In Kisumu city, near the
Obamas’ home village, there is a carnival atmosphere and people have poured
onto the streets singing Obama’s praises, our reporter says.
Political leaders are
expected to join massive celebrations planned in the city, which considers
Obama their chosen son, she says.
In January, Kisumu was the
scene of running battles between members of the public and police after riots
broke out over the Kenya’s contested elections.
Obama’s victory is seen as
a unifying moment for the country, with people reported to be saying that Obama’s
victory is a victory for all Kenyans.
In the capital, crowds
were seen singing and dancing, waving branches and carrying posters of Mr Obama
along Ngong Road, one of Nairobi’s major highways.
“Your victory is not
only an inspiration to millions of people all over the world, but it has
special resonance with us here in Kenya,” Kibaki said.
Obama’s victory is being
celebrated across the continent.
South African Archbishop
Desmond Tutu said it showed “that for people of colour, the sky is the


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