It was utter jubilation all across Kenya as Barack Obama reclaimed his seat in the Oval Office after a bitter election campaign.
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In the Kisumu town of Kogelo, located 367 miles west of the capital city of Nairobi, lies the birthplace of the president’s late father, Barack Obama, Sr. Villagers were beside themselves with joy upon hearing the news that their native son had again won his bid for the nation’s highest office. Among those leading the Kenyan village revelers was the president’s 91-year-old step grandmother, Sarah Onyango Obama (pictured).
Hundreds of villagers sat on pins and needles before a huge outdoor TV screen as they listened to the election results streaming in from American news stations. When it election was called for Obama, there was thunderous clapping and cheering.
Sarah, who raised her cane in sheer excitement upon hearing the news, spoke to the droves of journalists who had invaded President Obama’s ancestral homeland to capture the reactions of the people.