Kenya declares national holiday in celebration of Barack Obama’s presidential victory

The election of America’s first black president, Barack Obama, has a special resonance in Africa – the home continent of his father.

It was greeted with scenes of wild celebration in his home village of Nyangoma Kogelo, in the green, gently rolling hills of western Kenya, the provincial capital Kisumu, and Nairobi. Thursday has been declared a national holiday.

Kgalema Motlanthe, the new South African president, told Mr Obama that his election “carries with it hope for millions of your countrymen and women as much as it is for millions of people particularly of African descent both in the continent of Africa as well as those in the Diaspora”.

Desmond Tutu, the Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and a leader of the struggle against apartheid, said it was “almost as when Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa in 1994.

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Opinions From Women of African Descent Wanted

We received this request today:

My sorority is sponsoring an International Awareness 1 day conference in March 09 – the focus will be women of the African Diaspora, working together. So, of course I thought of you.

Before the conference, we’re trying to gather information and opinions from as many women of African descent – all over the world, that we can, so wanted to ask if you’d be interested in participating. Basically, I have a 10-question survey that asks about your views of women in your country. The idea is for us to understand what’s good and what’s bad, so that we can work together to develop an action plan to address the issues facing all women.


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Tell me how you see the role on women in your culture/country?

What shaped your view?

Do you agree with this role for women in your culture/country?

What are the strengths for women in your culture/country?

What are the challenges?

How do and or other women you know cope with the challenges?

If you had a magic wand what changes would you make and why?

What would you like for your sisters in America to know about the culture of women in your country?

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