Kibera Celebrates Obama

I have to admit, it was good to be in Kenya for the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. I didn’t have to listen to the candidates argue or slander one another, I was spared from the negative campaigning, and was able to vote by mail about a month before election day in America. While most Kenyans are not deeply informed about Obama’s politics, they do find him inspiring and feel a deep sense of pride in the fact that his paternal roots are Kenyan. After watching the election results online early Wednesday morning, I ventured out into Kibera and heard about some celebrations going on just down the road (I live in an area where the majority of residents are Luo, which is Obama’s father’s tribe). Sure enough, I came upon an American flag waving high in the air, a wall of speakers blasting music, a photo of Obama, people dancing and kids singing “America, America.” Despite the fact that half of America was disappointed about the election results, I think it is fair to say my neighbors were pretty happy.

The photos below are from local media outlets that captured the celebration (click to enlarge).


4 thoughts on “Kibera Celebrates Obama

  1. I love it! Elisa and I were in the Jungle in South America in 2008 when He was first elected and there was a lot of celebrating there as well. I think its safe to say that Obama’s foreign acceptance is high!

    • Hi KP! Interesting to hear about your experience in S America. It’s definitely interesting to experience the election from a new perspective, and yes I think you are right : )

  2. Hi Alissa,
    This Alphonse, a great and longtime friend of Kari. I met you and your whole family in Minnesota a while back. I was talking to Kari on Monday and she sent me your blog which btw I love. Good work and I am elated to hear that you are in Kibera. Good luck out there and I am looking forward to reading more of your blogs.

    Take care


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