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.