The Kenyan media are pulling out all the stops to cover Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the US, writes Dennis Itumbi.

The Daily Metro is sponsoring a local ceremony to be aired from Kogelo Village, Kisumu town in Nyanza Province, where Obama’s family come from.

The ceremony is dubbed “Bringing life to Obama's inauguration”, and the daily Metro – a title in the Nation stable that targets low-income earners – has hired top comedians for the event.  A local man, Fred Odhiambo, will deliver a “localized version of the inaugural speech” exactly three hours before Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the USA.

Nation Television is promising its viewers comprehensive eight-hour coverage starting early afternoon with the Kisumu function.

For its part, Citizen TV has sent a crew to Washington and seasoned reporter Alex Chamwada will cover the event live from Capitol Hill.

KTN and K24 will be presenting expert analysis and have acquired high ranking lawyers and historians to analyze events during the ceremony which has excited Kenyans across the country.

The Sunday Nation inserted a special edition on the inauguration as published by New York Times at no extra cost.