Barack Obama has ended a two-day visit to Kenya, his father's birthplace, by declaring himself the "first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States".

Despite clearly being proud of his roots, Obama has not shied away from confronting potentially difficult issues while on his trip to Africa that will also see him travel to Ethiopia.

Gay rights

While standing next to his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, Obama raised the issue of gay rights, in a country where homosexuality is illegal and can lead to a prison sentence of 14 years.

When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that's the path whereby freedoms begin to erode. And bad things happen.

The message was lost on Kenyatta, however, who said that gay rights was "generally a non-issue" for most Kenyans.

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