Obama Day

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Obama Day
Official portrait of Barack Obama.jpg
Barack Obama
Observed by Kenya, United States
Type National
Date November 6
Next time 6 November 2014 (2014-11-06)
Frequency annual

Obama Day was a national holiday celebrated in Kenya on November 6, 2008, in honor of Barack Obama's victory in the United States presidential election, 2008.[1][2]

Shortly after the U.S. election result was announced, Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki declared the holiday, because Obama's father, Barack Obama, Sr., was Kenyan.[3] Barack Obama himself was not born in Kenya.[4]

Perry County, Alabama, also declared the 2nd Monday of November to be Barack Obama Day.[5]


  1. ^ Orlale, Odhiambo (November 6, 2008). "Kenyans can learn a lot from US poll". Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  2. ^ Rothmeyer, Karen (November 6, 2008). "Dreams from his father". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Kenya declares holiday for Obama". BBC News. November 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  4. ^ http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/birth-certificate-long-form.pdf
  5. ^ "Renamed schools, streets mark early tributes to Obama". USA Today. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2013.