Residents of Obama Sr.'s Kenya Hometown Party All Night For Election
6 months ago
The people of Kogelo, Kenya got the party started before any results were even known
Even before a single vote was known to declare President Barack Obama the winner of the 2012 presidential election, residents of Kogeloa, Kenya were getting it crackin'.
The people living in what ABC News termed a "typically sleepy village in rural western Kenya" call President Obama their “favorite son” and were up celebrating his victory before results were even known.
Obama’s late father, Barack Sr., grew up in Kogelo. His step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, and other relatives still live here.
"If Obama wins, this party could go on until Friday,” said Nelly Misiko at the Kogelo Village Resort where the village’s lively election-watch party is being held.
Since Obama's 2008 campaign brought attention to the small town, the government has built a paved road into Kogelo, strung power lines to provide electricity to businesses and homes, and some aid agencies expanded operations to include Kogelo. In addition to the two new hotels, which were built to accommodate foreign tourists, President Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama has built a new recreation center where the Kenyan flag and U.S. flag fly side-by-side.