Africans, Kenyans hail win for "son of the soil"

UNDATED (AP) -- Barack Obama's victory in the U.S. has brought scenes of jubilation to parts of Africa, especially in the western Kenyan village where Obama's late father was born.

Many stayed up all night or woke before dawn to celebrate the American vote. Obama's relatives and other villagers gathered around a TV set up in a garden, rejoicing and pumping their arms in the air.

The president-elect's half-brother Malik was picked up by an exuberant crowd and carried through the village. Obama's step-grandmother and other relatives also poured out of the family homestead to salute the man seen by many Kenyans as a "son of the soil."

Across Africa, many are hoping an Obama presidency will help the vast continent, the poorest in the world. Obama's victory was also likely to seal America's reputation in the minds of many Africans as a land of staggering opportunity.

And in Kenya, the president has declared that tomorrow will be a public holiday in Obama's honor.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 33898799 - local8now.com/a?a=33898799
Gray Television, Inc.