| GEO World|
| Kenya erupts in joy as Obama takes White House|
| Updated at: 1137 PST, Wednesday, November 05, 2008|
KOGELO: Hundreds of villagers in Kogelo, Barack Obama's Kenyan family homestead, erupted into song and dance at the news that the nation's favourite son had won the US presidential election.
Swinging twigs and chairs in the air, men cheered and clapped while women ululated and shouted "Obama! Obama!" in the village where his grandmother lives and where his late Kenyan father was born.
Wild celebrations woke the sleepy village, people hugged each other as others ran aimlessly in the muddy streets after spending a chilly night glued to a giant screen watching results unfold on the US networks.
The residents had braved a heavy downpour and deafening thunderbolts overnight, dancing and singing to choruses belted out by a live band at a local dispensary. Children and youths gyrated to the songs.