A young Kenyan mother has named her newly born twin boys after the U.S. president-elect and his defeated Republican challenger.
Millicent Owuor, 20, gave birth to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Wednesday at the Siaya District Hospital in southwest Kenya, according to the Standard.
Owuor told the Kenyan news outlet her sons’ names will always remind her of the election in the United States.
The hospital is near the village of Kogelo, where where President Barack Obama’s father was born and where his 90-year-old step-grandmother, Sarah Obama resides.
Residents of Kogelo emphatically celebrated Obama’s victory as results from the United States were reported.
Shouts of “Hail our Kogelo son” and “Obama is coming, open the road for him” rang through the air as locals blew vuvuzelas horns in celebration, the Standard reports.
“If Obama did not win, I believe most projects here would stall,” Joseph Onyango told the Kenyan media outlet.
Kenyans hope Obama’s reelection will harken a fresh start with U.S. relationships with Kenya, Reuters reports.
Obama visited sub-Saharan Africa just once during his first four years – a stop of less than a day in Ghana, according to Reuters.
If Obama does visit Kenya, maybe baby Barack can meet his namesake, and baby Mitt meet the U.S. President.