June 5, 2008
The newspaper gets to Lumakanda town about 9:00 a.m. so at 10:00 a.m.
I went to get my daily paper. It was sold out! Why? OBAMA. Everyone wanted
to read about his success as the Democratic candidate for US president.
In Kenya, as far as I know in all the cultures, descent is through the
father. Therefore Kenyans consider Obama a Kenyan regardless of the fact
has visited Kenya only a few times and hardly knew his father. I heard
that in Siaya, where his father came from, there was a big celebration
on his victory yesterday.
I was impressed by
Obama's last visit to Kenya in 2006. When he was in Kisumu, in front
of everyone, he had himself and Michelle tested for
HIV/AIDS. When I asked why Kenyan politicians didn't join him, I was
told, "They are afraid that they are HIV positive." People
in Kenya don't want to be tested because they don't want to know their
status—an interesting stance psychologically. So I was impressed.
In the paper today (I had to read it on-line) one columnist noted that
the elation over Obama's victory is so great that you would think he
was running for president of Kenya or even all of Africa.
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