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In a Kenyan village, delight at Obama's reelection

Mitt Romney never had a chance in Nyang'oma Kogelo, the Kenyan village where US President Obama's father was born.

Sarah Obama, step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, waves her walking cane towards supporters in celebration before speaking to the media about her reaction to Obama's re-election in the US presidential election in the garden of her house in the village of Kogelo, western Kenya, Wednesday.

Ben Curtis/AP

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President Obama’s reelection has stirred wild celebrations in Nyang’oma Kogelo, the birthplace of his father, Hussein Obama.

In the village about 415 kilometres (258 miles) west of Nairobi, Christian and traditional songs reverberated alongside African drumbeats and dances early in the morning as Obama’s win was announced on international TV channels. The village was tense and prayerful for weeks as Obama and Mitt Romney faced off for the United States presidency.

“I thank the people of Kogelo for supporting and praying for my grandson. I thank American voters for reelecting my grandson … I want him to work harder and work with Romney,” says Sarah Obama, Obama's step-grandmother.

Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki today called Obama's victory a reaffirmation of the American people’s confidence in Obama’s leadership and wished him good luck. “We are always proud of association with you,” said President Kibaki.  


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