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Obama's Kenyan gran living in spotlight

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  • President Barack Obama's Kenyan gran makes time to meet hundreds of people
  • Kogelo has become a destination for fans of Obama
  • Obama's name is on the school; his election posters plastered across the village
  • Chairs for visitors bear the slogan "yes we can"
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KOGELO, Kenya (CNN) -- Once Barack Obama started out on the campaign trail to win the U.S. presidency another route has become well-trodden -- to his grandmother's home in Kenya.

Sarah Onyango Obama, in her 80s and born in the village, tries to meet everyone who makes the trip -- and some weekends that can mean hundreds of people.


With the publicity -- not all of it welcome -- has come police security but also some other benefits, including the power lines and repaired roads.

CNN producer Linda Roth traveled to Kenya with a dozen U.S. journalists. The trip was set up through the Gatekeeper Editor's program with the International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

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