A Kenyan mother who gave birth to twin boys on Wednesday named her new-born children after the president re-elect and his defeated Republican rival.

Millicent Owuor, 20, delivered her twins, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, at a district hospital in the town of Siaya in south- west Kenya, The Standard newspaper reported.

Owuor said she had named her twins after the winning and losing US presidential candidates in order to remember the day of the election.

Owuor gave birth to the boys a short distance from the village of Kogelo, where President Obama’s father was born and where his 90-year-old step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, still lives.

Residents of Kogelo sang songs, danced and cheered “Obama, Obama, Obama” after their candidate of choice dominated key states including Ohio and New Hampshire leading him to win another four years with his family in the White House.

Obama’s victory in the presidential race on Tuesday signifies fresh hopes for Africa, as many residents there see his re-election as a boost for Kenya-US relations, Reuters reports.

At home Obama’s victory was quickly followed by renewed fears of a looming financial cliff and the worst day on Wall Street this year. Stocks tumbled 200 points at the opening bell and the Dow Jones industrial average closed below 13 000 for the first time since September 4. – Daily Mail