President Obama in Kenya: 'Africa is on the move'

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US President Barack Obama has praised Africa's economic and business potential in a speech in Nairobi on the first full day of his visit to Kenya.

"Africa is on the move... People are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up (and) the middle class is growing," he told a business summit.

He is due to visit a memorial to the 1998 US embassy bombing, before talks on security with Kenya's president.

His first visit as president to his father's homeland began on Friday.

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The trip has been described as a "homecoming" by Kenyan media, and crowds cheered Mr Obama's motorcade as it travelled from the airport.

In Nairobi on Saturday morning, the US president presided over the opening of a Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Africa needed to be a "future hub of global growth", Mr Obama told young entrepreneurs and businesspeople, adding that governments had to ensure that corruption was not allowed to flourish.

Mr Obama said Kenya had made "incredible progress" since his last visit.

"When I was here in Nairobi 10 years ago, it looked different from what it looks today," he said.

Later, Mr Obama is scheduled to visit the memorial park on the site of the US embassy attack.

More than 200 people, including 12 Americans and 34 local embassy staff, died in the blast which was blamed on al-Qaeda.

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