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In pictures: Global 'Obamamania'

A Kenyan entrepreneur sells Obama merchandise in the village of Nyangoma Kogelo, Kenya. (18 January 2009)

Around the world people are preparing for US President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Celebrations are taking place in his father's birthplace, the Kenyan village of Nyangoma Kogelo.

A Kenyan hawker sells Barack Obama posters to motorists in Nairobi.

The village is around 300km from Nairobi, but you can't fail to be aware of the inauguration in the Kenyan capital.

Locals put up United States' flags in the village of Moneygall, County Offaly, Ireland. (18 January 2009)

Villagers in Moneygall, County Offaly, Ireland, are putting out the flags. The president-elect's fourth great-grandfather was a shoemaker in the village.

A Sudanese barber, wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt, in the Khartoum salon named after the US President-elect. (17 January, 2009)

On offer in Khartoum: A "Barack Obama haircut". A barber shop, named after the US president-elect, has opened in the popular Al-Merkezi souk in the Sudanese capital.

Indian artist Darla Nageswara Rao works on a portrait of Barack Obama with his wife Jyothi Kumari (centre) and his mother Savithri.

Indian artist Darla Nageswara Rao (left) has used more than 33,000 coloured stickers on his portrait of Barack Obama. The work has taken 160 hours to complete.

A worker cleans Barack Obama masks at a factory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (16 January 2009)

The "Obama look" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new face of the White House is expected to be seen at this year's carnival as thousands of masked "Obamas" take to the streets during the festivities.

Obama dolls

An open-air market in Moscow gets into the spirit of things, selling Russian dolls with pictures of US President-elect Barack Obama displayed on them

Obama commemorative coin

In Birmingham in England, a special gold plated commemorative coin worth 20 dollars has been minted. A hundred 100 solid gold coins worth over 4,000 dollars each will also be made

Shanghai street stall

Even communist China has been infected with "Obamamania" - a street stall in Shanghai sells a T-shirts emblazoned with pictures of the US's soon to be new President

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