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Kenya Goes Wild for Obama

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  • Men and women dance and sing the praises of a sacrificial rock shrine called Kit Mikayi ("First Wife") 20 miles from Kisumu, Kenya. A dozen worshippers have come to make sacrifices for Barack Obama at the shrine, its attendant said.
  • Drivers of the colorful minibuses, called matatu, that ply Kenya's roads have festooned their rigs with Obama paraphernalia, like this $1,000 Obama bill.
  • An unnamed woman hawks her wares -- including Barack Obama T-shirts -- on a tree outside the Sunset Hotel in Kisumu, Kenya. The business-class hotel, located in the country's third-largest city, is a favorite for Kenyan politicians.
  • Men watch the afternoon newscast on the terrace of the Hillbrow Bar in Kisumu, Kenya, which nearly always debuts with American election coverage, taking precedence over coverage of internal Kenyan politics.
  • Caroline Adhiambo, 24, stands at the entrance to the Kit Mikayi rock shrine, which she tends, 20 miles from Kisumu, Kenya. At least a dozen worshippers have come to the shrine to make sacrificial offerings for Barack Obama.
  • Beatrice Akinyi, 26, and Caroline Odhiambo, 24, stand inside the Kit Mikayi rock shrine 20 miles from Kisumu, Kenya. At least a dozen worshippers have come to the shrine to make sacrificial offerings for Barack Obama.
  • A Luo man stands by the Kit Kikayi rock shrine 20 miles fom Kisumu, Kenya. At least a dozen worshippers have come to the shrine to make sacrificial offerings for Barack Obama.
  • A Luo man stands by the Kit Kikayi rock shrine 20 miles fom Kisumu, Kenya. At least a dozen worshippers have come to the shrine to make sacrificial offerings for Barack Obama.
  • Ali Onyango, 40, sells framed photographs of Barack Obama in the street next to portraits of Kenya's president and prime minister, which customarily are hung in offices.
  • The Senator Obama Kogelo Secondary School, named for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama during a visit he made to his family's home village of Kogelo, Kenya, in 2006.
  • The countryside in Kogelo, Kenya, home to Barack Obama's father's family.
  • The Obama family homestead in Kogelo, Kenya, which is guarded by police.
  • His Holiness Fr. Rev. John Pesa I, founder and leader of the Holy Ghost Coptic Church, in front of the church's cathedral in Kisumu. The charismatic faith healer says he has offered prayers for an Obama victory over the past two months from his church that is disproportionately strong among the Luo people.
  • The Power of Jesus Around the World Church led by Bishop Washington Ogonyo Ngede, who says he is leading his congregation in "spiritual warfare" on behalf of Obama.
  • A photograph of Obama hangs in a restaurant in Kisumu, Kenya, the country's third-largest city.
  • A man wears an orange Obama shirt made in 2006, when the Illinois senator visited Kenya. The color orange has been associated since that year with the Orange Democratic Movement -- a group led by Prime Minister Raila Odinga, also a Luo, who many think was robbed of the Kenyan presidency in the December 2007 elections. Odinga recently visited the Obama homestead in the village of Kogelo, and has visited Obama in his D.C. office. Previously, he has claimed to be Obama's "cousin."
  • The landscape of Luo-dominated western Kenya.
  • The road to Kogelo, Kenya, home to Barack Obama's Kenyan family.
  • The sunset in Kisumu, Kenya, the nation's third-largest city.
  • A supermarket in Kisumu, Kenya, burned out in post-election violence in January.

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