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Nyang’oma Kogelo, also known as Kogelo, is a village in Siaya Districtmarker, Nyanza Provincemarker, Kenyamarker. It is located near the equator, 60 kilometres (37 mi) west-northwest of Kisumumarker, the provincial capital. The population of Nyangoma-Kogelo is 3,648 .

Services

It is a typical Kenyan rural village with most residents living modestly by small-scale farming. The village has a shopping centre with shops and a bar. The village has a primary school (Senator Obama Primary School) and a high school (Senator Obama Secondary School). The land for both schools was donated by Barack Obama, Sr., a native of the village and they were renamed after his son and then US senator Barack Obama in 2006. There is also a health centre. Previously the village had no electricity, but it was connected to the power network immediately after the 2008 US presidential election. In 2008 Kenya Police set up a police post at the village. The Nyang’oma Seventh-day Adventist Church is among the local places of worship .

Transport

The village is along the unpaved C28 road between Ng’iya and Ndori junctions. Less than 10 kilometres north of Kogelo, Ngiya is located along the Kisumumarker - Siayamarker road (C30 road) . Few kilometres south of Nyang’oma Kogelo, a bridge built in 1930 crosses the Yala River flowing to Lake Victoriamarker , before the road reaches Ndori along the Kisumu - Bondomarker road (C27 road).

Administration

Nyang’oma Kogelo is part of South East Alego electoral ward of Siaya County Council and Alego Constituency. Following the 2007 civic elections, the local councillor is Julius Okeyo Omedo of Orange Democratic Movement. South East Alego is also an administrative location in the Karemo division of Siaya district. The location has a population of 17,294 . As of 2008, the chief of the location is James Ojwang’ Obalo, whose office is located next to the Nyang’oma Kogelo shopping centre.

Obama fame

Since 2006, the village received international attention, since it is the hometown of Barack Obama, Sr., the father of current United Statesmarker President Barack Obama. Barack Obama, Sr. is buried in the village. Some of their family members, including his paternal step-grandmother Sarah Onyango Obama, still live in the village.

Due to Barack Obama's presidency, the village is expected to be visited by many tourists from the US and other countries. The Kenyan government is promoting it as a tourist attraction of western Kenya. An Obama-themed museum is set to be built by the Kenyan government and opened in the village in 2009. A Nairobi-based cultural organisation will build the Dero Kogelo Library and Cultural Centre in the village .

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