“Obama is going to win”, predicts Kenyan witch doctor

by Rachel Ogbu

Who will win Tuesday’s US presidential election? That’s the million dollar question a witch doctor  in President Barack Obama’s ancestral village in Kenya claims he can answer.

Forget Paul the octopus, after tossing some shells, bones and other items outside his hut in Kogelo village, witch doctor John Dimo who says he is 105 years old, points to a white shell and declares: “Obama is very far ahead and is definitely going to win.”

It’s not a surprising result in Kogelo, Obama’s late father’s hometown in western Kenya and where expectations of another Obama election victory were high on Monday.

Most Kenyans consider Obama, the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, as one of their own. Barack Obama has five Kenyan half-brothers and a half-sister.

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