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Obama’s inauguration: a dispatch from Kogelo, Kenya

By Tom Nuttall  

Barack Obama secondary school, Kogelo

Barack Obama’s inauguration speech may have struck a sombre tone, but in his ancestral village of Kogelo, in southwest Kenya, nothing was going to dampen the party spirit of the locals. Under a large banner that declared the new president to be “Our son. Our hope.” Villagers, journalists and a smattering of curious tourists sat in the school yard watching the events thousands of miles away in Washington DC unfold on a big screen provided by…

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