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April 28, 2009

'Obamarama': Kanga bag

This Obama image is coming late. I shot it in February at the Sheldrick elephant orphanage outside Nairobi, where I'd taken some friends visiting from the U.S. This American tourist was wearing Preisdent Obama's face on a handbag made of kanga, a popular fabric in Kenya.


I realize that some of the softer hearts out there forgot all about Obama when they read the words "elephant orphanage." Yes, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust runs one of the more amazing charities in East Africa -- a sanctuary for baby elephants who've lost their parents, often to poachers. I was reminded of this photo because "60 Minutes" just did a heartwarming piece on the orphanage.

I've seen pretty much all the major tourist attractions in Kenya after nearly four years. This one is truly special.

Send your odd Obama images here.

Previous installments in Obamarama:
Hope Gift Shop in Kisumu, Kenya
Mini Market in Kigali, Rwanda

Video shop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Bar-cafe in Cotonou, Benin
Snacks Point in Ntulele, Kenya


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Somewhere in Africa was written by McClatchy correspondent Shashank Bengali, who covered sub-Saharan Africa from 2005 to 2009. He's now based in Washington, D.C., as a national correspondent.

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