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In Obama's ancestral home, locals hope to cash in on presidential visit

In the tiny village of Kogelo, home to President Obama's step-grandmother, savvy businessmen have built an 'Obama circuit' that has yet to become a tourist hub. But a visit from the president this weekend could turn their fortunes around.

Ariel Zirulnick

President Barack Obama’s 2008 election brought hope to this rural village – a hope that foreign tourists would flock to his step-grandmother’s humble home, browse a local museum, and bed down at the local hotel, which was built to capitalize on the expected boom of being the ancestral home of America’s first black president.

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