Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Obama's "relatives" on the rise.
Barack Obama is received by his grandmother, Mama Sarah when the he visited Kogelo village, Siaya, in 2006.
I could not help myself but go to Kenyan local papers to see how Obama's nomination was being recieved. And true to form, my fellow villagers there didn't disappoint me.
This is an excerpt from The Standard Newspaper that covered a story on how his Grandmother's village is taking the whole election.
US Ambassador, Mr Michael Ranneberger, said Obama’s win would have tremendous impact on Kenya.
"Over 350,000 Kenyans live in the US, with another 7,000 traveling there annually, which explains the great interest in the race," Ranneberger said.
Back at Obama’s father’s home in Siaya, residents basked in international glare as CNN led other international media teams in airing to the world live the joy of the village.
CNN was live at Alego Kogelo at 10am, showing villagers holding bottles of ‘Senator’ beer to celebrate the Illinois Senator’s win.
Journalists, armed with sophisticated satellite equipment, began arriving at the sleepy village from as early as 6am on Wednesday.
Many installed their equipment at the home as they waited for permission from the family to interview the senator’s grandmother.
Other international media at the home included BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera.
However, the media had to wait for more than two hours before they could get access to Mama Sarah, who has become the biggest local celebrity.
The number of people claiming to be related to Obama also increased as the news of his victory filtered into Nyanza.