In what might be described as creating a platform for rivalry in future for her children, a Kenyan mother has named her new-born twins after US President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
The mother, Millicent Owuor, 20, gave birth to the twins in south-west Kenya on the day Mr Obama was re-elected. A short distance from the hospital, at the Obama family’s ancestral village, people were celebrating his victory.
Reuters news agency quoted Owuor as saying “I named the first twin Barack and the second one Mitt.” Ms Owuor, posing for photographers on Wednesday at the Siaya District Hospital with her twin boys, said she had named her twins after the winning and losing US presidential candidates in order to remember the day of the vote, Kenya’s Standard newspaper reports.
As is known, the US president’s father was born in Kenya and his step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, still lives in the village of Kogelo. The residents of Kogelo sang and danced after Mr Obama was declared the winner.