His first full day in Kenya culminated in a news conference with the country’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, outside the state house where they discussed gay rights, terrorism, and economic partnerships.
Obama also promised Kenyans that he would return without a suit but with special guests to the country where his father was born.
“Here’s what I can guarantee: I’ll be back,” he joked. “The next time I’m back I may not be wearing a suit.”
He added that Michelle Obama and his daughter would accompany him on a future trip. Obama also vowed continue his philanthropic work in Kenya.
“I’m not going to stop being interested,” he said.
Obama started the day at an economic summit with over 20 members of Congress and 200 American investors to promote U.S.-African trade, technological innovation and his Power Africa initiative, which aims to double access to electricity over five years.
“I wanted to be here because Africa is on the move,” the president said.