US President Barack Obama thrilled guests to a well-coordinated Lipala dance at a state dinner on Saturday night.
Obama wowed guests with the official dance of the Sura Yako hit song by by Afro Fusion band Sauti Sol, alongside half-sister Auma and half-brother Malik Abong’o.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret also joined in the dance, at State House, Nairobi, following bilateral talks at the same venue.
Sauti Sol praised Obama’s dancing on their Instagram account where they posted a photo of the group dancing.
“And for those who doubted President @barackobama’s step – the#LipalaDance #SuraYako is his new favorite Kenyan dance,” they said.
“Thanks @ukenyatta and First Lady Kenyatta for joining in the dance! Our performance at State House is everything!”
Obama has scored firsts across several spheres with the visit back to his homeland.
He became the first sitting US president to travel to Kenya, and to co-host a global entrepreneurial summit with a sub-Saharan head of state.
The youthful and charismatic leader saluted delegates with “Niaje Wasee” and “Hawayuni”, igniting the 6th annual conference, which he and Uhuru officially opened, at the UN headquarters in Gigiri on Saturday.
Obama, who is fondly referred to as a son of Kenya, will wind up his tour with two talks; at Kenyatta University’s Young African Leaders Institute, and Safaricom Arena Kasarani.
He will then leave for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he is scheduled to address a meeting at the African Union headquarters.