Obama’s step-grandmother leads celebrations in Kenya in Pictures

By IndepthAfrica
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Nov 7th, 2012
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Barack Obama’s step-grandmother led celebrations in his ancestral Kenyan homeland today as he rolled to re-election and a second term in the White House.

Meanwhile children at his old school in Jakarta celebrated in their classrooms as the results were announced.

Sarah Onyango Obama was seen singing and dancing in Nyang’oma Kogelo village where she lives in western Kenya, some 400km north of the capital Nairobi – is also the place where the president’s late father Barack Obama was raised.

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Limelight: President Barack Obama's grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama, attends a news conference as she celebrates his re-election in his ancestral home village of Nyangoma KogeloLimelight: President Barack Obama’s grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama, attends a news conference as she celebrates his re-election in his ancestral home village of Nyangoma Kogelo

Sarah Obama, step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, speaks to the media about her reaction to Obama's re-election, in the garden of her house in the village of Kogelo, western Kenya
Sarah Obama, step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, speaks to the media about her reaction to Obama's re-election, in the garden of her house in the village of Kogelo, western Kenya

Proud: Sarah Obama, raises her cane in celebration before she speaks to the media about her reaction to Obama’s re-election, in the garden of her house in the village of Kogelo, western Kenya

Time to celebrate: Kenyan supporters dance as they gather to watch the news coverage of the US Presidential election on televison in Nyang'oma Kogelo village, where President Barack Obama's late father Barack Obama Sr. was raised Time to celebrate: Kenyan supporters dance as they gather to watch the news coverage of the US Presidential election on televison in Nyang’oma Kogelo village, where President Barack Obama’s late father Barack Obama Sr. was raised

 

Hundreds gathered clapping and cheering in front of a screen to find out the results of east Africa’s favourite adopted son.

Well-wishers, family members and armies of local and foreign journalists have descended on Kogelo, the tiny village in western Kenya where Obama’s 91-year-old step-grandmother lives.

Obama is the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya and has five Kenyan half-brothers and a half-sister.

Since 2004, when Obama was running for the Senate in Illinois, the Harvard-trained lawyer and civil rights activist has enjoyed rock star status in Kenya.

Music to his ears: A man plays a guitar as he celebrates the victory Music to his ears: A man plays a guitar as he celebrates the victory

 

Fame: Since 2004, when Obama was running for the Senate in Illinois, the Harvard-trained lawyer and civil rights activist has enjoyed rock star status in KenyaFame: Since 2004, when Obama was running for the Senate in Illinois, the Harvard-trained lawyer and civil rights activist has enjoyed rock star status in Kenya

 

Singing: A woman sings as she celebrates the victory of Barack Obama in the Nyangoma Kogelo, 430 km (367 miles) west of Kenya's capital NairobiSinging: A woman sings as she celebrates the victory of Barack Obama in the Nyangoma Kogelo, 430 km (367 miles) west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi

 

Jubilant: A man jumps as he rejoices the victory of Obama's second term in the Whitehouse Jubilant: A man jumps as he rejoices the victory of Obama’s second term in the Whitehouse

 

Babies have been named after him, drinkers knock back ‘Senator’ beers in his honour, pop stars sing his praises and ‘Obama: The Musical’ opened in the capital Nairobi on Sunday.

The result was good news for the village’s witch doctor John Dimo  – earlier this week he tossed some shells, bones and other items to determine who would win the election.

After throwing the objects like dice outside his hut in Kogelo village, Dimo, who says he is 105 years old, points to a white shell and declared: ‘Obama is very far ahead and is definitely going to win.’ 

Triumphant: Villagers raise their bicycles in the air to celebrate Obama's re-electionTriumphant: Villagers raise their bicycles in the air to celebrate Obama’s re-election

Happy: Obama's supporters throw their hands in the air as they rejoice late into the night Happy: Obama’s supporters throw their hands in the air as they rejoice late into the night

 

Family ties: Obama's proud grandmother takes centre stage at a news conference Family ties: Obama’s proud grandmother takes centre stage at a news conference

 

 

Glued to the screen: Kenyan supporters react as they watch the news coverage announcing Obama's victory in Nyang'oma Kogelo villageGlued to the screen: Kenyan supporters react as they watch the news coverage announcing Obama’s victory in Nyang’oma Kogelo village

But it was not just the east African nation that was jubilant after the Democrat won re-election, there were also celebrations in his childhood home of Jakarta.

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