Can You Guess What the Two Most Popular Baby Names In Kenya Will Be?

Reuters will give you a little hint — it rhymes with “rock” and “Danielle”:

KISUMU, Kenya, Nov 5 (Reuters Life!) – The U.S. election has triggered a new generation of mini Barack Obamas with parents in Kenya and the United States naming their newborns after the new president-elect.

At the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu, western Kenya, Barack’s ancestral homeland, several mothers were naming their babies after the U.S.’s first African-American president.

The mothers told Reuters Television that they wanted their babies to grow up to have thesame successful traits as Obama.

“I would like that by the time he is in his 40s he becomes the president of this country,” said Nancy Otieno proudly of her newborn son Barack Obama.

Another new mother, Millicent Akoth, named her new daughter Michelle Obama after the soon-to-be first lady.

Obama has been elevated to rock star status in the east African nation which has named a beer, “Senator,” after him and where “Obama: The Musical” opened last weekend.

Obama, who was born in Hawaii to a white mother from Kansas and a Kenyan father, is idolised by many Africans in the way the Irish revered U.S. President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s — as one of their own who succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

Sweet. Totally sweet. And I wouldn’t be shocked if a few blacks here in the Americas do the same. The West Indies. All parts of Africa. Blacks sprinkled throughout Europe and the UK. Oh yeah. Some babies are getting named Barack and Michelle. And you know the naming of people and things after the first black First Family, First Couple, First Lady and President isn’t going to stop here. My future babies are totally going to Barack Obama High School someday. Word, BOHS is going to have the coolest debate team ever.

15 thoughts on “Can You Guess What the Two Most Popular Baby Names In Kenya Will Be?

  1. Snob,I wish I had boy and girl twins so I could name them Barack and Michelle. Remember Winnie and Nelson from the Cosby Show?

  2. No surprise at all. People please don’t get carry away with it;just continue supporting him in other ways instead of naming kids after him; LOL….LOL 🙂

  3. I remember when “Roots” came out 30 years and it caused a national sensation. Many hospitals were reporting that black babies were being named “Kunta Kinte” and “Kizzy,” based on two of the main story characters. Although I feared the worst, to this day, I haven’t met one person named after anyone in the miniseries.

  4. Desperada, I’m sorry to hear that. Please give her my sympathies. Thank you. Oh, Rolyn, I think I saw your husband at the Planned Parenthood office this morning looking for information.

  5. There are going to be students going to Barack Obama high, public school, elementary and the rest. Can you imagine? There will be school projects, essays, and book reports. There will be movies and plays, and more songs. He will become a world icon. I have to say this s*** is bananas and I am so happy I feel like I’m on drugs or something. This has changed the history of the entire planet. I will never be ashamed of being Black ever, EVER!

  6. I know a “Kizzy” as well. For some reason my soul withers up and dies every time I hear that name. Sorry.

  7. I’m going to commit a sacrilege and say Obama already has exceeded Martin Luther King in terms of hero status. In one night, he’s reached higher than any black figure in American history. If he avoids a major scandal–and I don’t see that happening–and do a few things correctly, he will have monuments named after him, in addition to schools and airports.

  8. I have seen a news report of a little girl being named Obama, she was born the night Barack won.I had a neighbor and a classmate named Kizzy. One of my best playmates in elementary school was a Kunta. I’ve also seen Bruce Lee’s (one name), Shaka Zulu’s and Hannibal’s.And this was all before I reached Middle School back in New Orleans.I have a sis named Micelle, so there’s nothing uber special there for me. However, Barack is a very strong sounding name. It would be cute to see little Barack’s running around. But every other new mother giving her son that name will make it overkill.

  9. I can also see baby girls being named “Malia” now after the first daughter – it’s a Hawaiian name from Obama’s birth state, and less popular than Michelle so it would be clearly a tribute.- Alex

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