The Washington Times - November 4, 2008, 08:51PM

Kenyans are praying for Sen. Barack Obama to win the presidential election, according to the Guardian’s Lee Glendinning

People gathered in Mr. Obama’s ancestral home to hear the 2008 presidential results. According to Ms. Glendinning, thousands of people gathered around a bonfire to wave American flags. There will be all-night celebrations throughout Kenya’s slums.

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“In the western Kenya village of Kogelo, where Obama’s father was born, police tightened security as local crowds and foreign journalists descended on the area. They were hoping to prevent the press entering the rural home of Obama’s step-grandmother, Sarah.”

Mrs. Obama attended an “open-air religious service where Bishop Ogonyo Ngende offered prayers for the candidate’s maternal grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham.” Mrs. Dunham died Sunday at age 86 in Hawaii.

Although Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii and did not know his African father, Kenya still considers the candidate a hero. 

— Christopher Shaver, intern, The Washington Times