COMPILED BY SUBAJAYANTHI

A child-naming craze is sweeping across western Kenya, where parents are naming their babies after important people. A record number of boys are being named after new Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and the former United Nations chief Kofi Annan. Baby girls have been named after Graca Machel. U.S. presidential hopefuls, Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan, and Hillary Clinton, have also been popular. Among the Luo and Luhya tribes in Kisumu, serious consideration goes into the choice of name, as it is believed the baby will adopt the traits of the person it has been named after. It is common to meet a Nelson Mandela, a Steve Biko or a Kwame Nkrumah. Obama and Odinga are the star names right now, though new names will be in fashion next year.