Africans rev up to celebrate an Obama victory

November 4, 2008 20:51


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Africans flocked to all-night parties to watch the US election results roll in, determined to celebrate a moment in history as Barack Obama tried to become the first black American president. "Tonight we are not going to sleep," said Valentine Wambi, 23, a student at the University of Nairobi. "It will be celebrations throughout." In the western Kenya village of Kogelo, where the Democratic candidate's late father was born, police tightened security Tuesday to prevent hordes of media and others from entering the rural homestead of Obama's step-grandmother, Sarah. "Obama, being partly African, has the moral obligation to intervene in Africa," said Samuel Conteh, managing editor of The New Citizen newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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