President Barack Obama visited Kenya this Saturday for the first time since he took office – and he didn’t leave without showing off his dance moves.
While at a dinner at the Nairobi’s State House, President Obama was invited to dance Lipala, a traditional Kenyan dance that has resurfaced with a modern-twist. Obama danced to “Sura Yako,” a song performed by a popular Kenyan band called Sauti Sol.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, first lady Margaret Kenyatta, and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice also danced Lipala alongside President Obama.
The band Sauti Sol uploaded a video of Obama showing off his dance moves on Instagram saying, “And for those who doubted President @barackobama’s step - the #LipalaDance #SuraYako is his new favorite Kenyan dance!”
Dancing wasn’t all that happened at the State House dinner. Earlier in the evening, Obama took a shot at the Birther movement saying, “I suspect that some of my critics back home are suspecting that I’m back here to look for my birth certificate. That’s not the case.”
Obama ended his emotional journey to his father’s birthplace on Sunday with the promise of continuing efforts to maintain US-Kenya relations even after the end of his presidency.