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Kenyans declare holiday in honor of Obama's presidential win

Americans were not the only ones celebrating Barack Obama's Presidential win Tuesday, other countries also joined in on the celebration, one even declared it a holiday.

Kenya, the place Obama's father was from, declared the Thursday after election day a holiday, in honor of Obama's win, the BBC News reported.

"We the Kenyan people are immensely proud of your Kenyan roots," President Mwai Kibaki said.

Many Kenyans gathered around TVs and watched the results come Tuesday. When Obama was announced the winner, dancing and cheering ensued.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black President, also took part in the celebration, the Associated Press reported.

"Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place," he said in a letter of congratulations to Obama.

Although Obama was born in Hawaii and barely knew his late father, Kenyans still honor Obama's Kenyan roots