Baby Baracks in Kenya

Given the level of enthusiasm in the country, this should not come as a surprise.


Mothers in Kenya have marked Barack Obama’s historic win in the US presidential elections by naming their newborns after him and his wife.

More than half of the babies born in a Kisumu Hospital [near the village where Obama’s father was born] on the day after the election were named either Barack or Michelle Obama.

These baby Baracks and baby Michelles join a number of 10-month old “Kofis” — a name popularized after former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan came to Kenya in January to mediate after the country’s contested elections.

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