Mother Names Newborn Twins Obama and Romney After Barack's Election Victory

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The U.S. election has triggered a new generation of Barack Obamas and one Mitt Romney with parents in Kenya naming their newborns after the newly re-elected president and his defeated rival Mitt Romney.

At the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu, western Kenya, Barack's ancestral homeland, several mothers were naming their babies after the U.S.'s first African-American president and Romney hours after official announcement that Obama had been re-elected .

Millicent Awuor, 20, named her newly born twins Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Another mother Monica Akinyi, said she wanted her baby to grow up to have the same successful traits as Obama.

Obama has been elevated to rock star status in the east African nation which had named a beer, "president," after him during the last elections in 2008. Before he became president, there was a "Senator" beer.

Obama, who was born in Hawaii to a white mother from Kansas and a Kenyan father, is idolized by many Africans in the way the Irish revered U.S. President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s -- as one of their own who succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

Eucabeth, a nurse at Nyanza general hospital said most parents from that region prefer naming their children after people around the world and it was not surprising to see them naming their children Mitt Romney.

The name Barack means blessed while Obama was the given name of his great-grandfather that became his grandfather's surname.


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