I had a note in my mailbox this morning about Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate asking why it had for the father’s birth place “Kenya, East Africa” instead of “British East Africa” which the writer expected. When I get questions like this, I try not only to answer them, but to give something in the way of a reference so that the writer can both check what I say, and have the evidence at hand to prove it to someone else. In answering this question, I came across a publication that answers this and one other question of interest.
The Kenya Gazette is described as: “Published under the Authority of His Excellency the Governor of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya.” It was an official publication of the Government containing official announcements and legislation. I turned to the January 24, 1961 edition.
In answer to the instant question, the official notices and court documents refer to the political entity as the “Kenya Protectorate.” While “British East Africa” (or the “East Africa Protectorate”) seems to have lasted only until 1920, the East Africa designation remained in such entitles as the East African Commission. So, Kenya, East Africa is quite reasonable.
The second question answered by this publication is the official government format for dates, which is dd-mm-yy. This is shown in the same publication by tables beginning on page 95.
Switching to the United States, there is a question on YouTube where someone suggested that the name of President Obama’s birth hospital was misspelled, “Kapiolani” instead of “Kapi’olani.” The person said that whoever faked the Obama birth certificate didn’t know much about Hawaiian names. My reply is that the writer didn’t know much about Hawaiian birth certificates, since other examples from the period say “Kapiolani” too, for example, the Nordyke twins’ certificates.