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The show sold out during the November election season and was hastily revived on the eve of this week’s inauguration to take advantage of the excitement on the streets here. (Local TV was totally devoted to the inauguration yesterday, and big screens were set up in town and village squares to broadcast the inauguration.)

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From village to White House in one generation is a tantalizing story in a country where millions live on less than a dollar a day.

Director George Orido, a former soap opera star who devised a one-man show to coincide with Obama’s 2006 visit to Kenya updated it to include caricatures of villains: a winking Sarah Palin and John McCain, portrayed so goofily that he can barely use a mobile phone.

“The main message for my show is that anything is possible if you believe and work hard at it,” he says. “That’s important, because I come from a part of the world which has been written off by the rest of the planet. We can’t even feed ourselves.

“Obama’s story is one of turning things around, mobilizing people and making change.”

Kenya is a country desperately in need of a leader prepared to deliver his people to safety.

It is barely a year since tribal fissures were exposed in weeks of political violence. More than 1,000 people died as disputed elections brought rioters to the streets and slums burned.

Now hunger is stalking a tinder-dry land.

Last week the government declared a national emergency as food stocks dwindled to dangerous levels, putting 10 million people at risk.

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