President Barack Obama was boogieing in Africa. He was caught on camera doing a kind of Kenyan version of the Electric Slide. His fancy footwork on the dance floor was similar to his artful dodging occurring on the political and economic tips during his brief visit to the continent, principally to Kenya and Ethiopia.

“I am proud to be the first American president to come to Kenya, and of course I’m the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States,” Obama told a cheering crowd in Nairobi Sunday, comments that must have reawakened the “birthers,” who insist that he wasn’t born in the U.S. and thereby is not qualified to be president.

He then recalled his first trip to Africa when he was 27 and how he could not find his luggage at the airport. A woman noticed his name and asked if he were related to someone she knew.

“That was the first time my name meant something and that it was recognized,” he said. Clearly, his name means so much more now and to millions of Kenyans, several of whom, along with a few relatives, joined him at a state-sponsored dinner.

Dinners, chats and press conferences aside, the president had other more important matters on his plate, none more pressing than the U.S. trade relations with Africa and the ever-growing economic and investment presence of China in Africa.

Another pressing concern for the president and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was the rampant outbreak of terrorist attacks in Kenya, mostly from groups or individuals affiliated with the Somalia-based al-Shabab, as well as human rights issues, treatment of women and widespread corruption.

“Every shilling,” he said referring to Kenyan currency, “that’s a bribe could be put in the pockets of someone doing an honest day’s work.” On the treatment of women, he said, “Women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition—it’s holding you back. Imagine if you have a team and you don’t let half of the team play—that’s stupid.”

For most observers of African affairs, these were minor problems. The position of the U.S. on China, trade relations and a follow-up to Power Africa may have been things of deeper interest. Maybe some of these concerns will be addressed when the president arrives in Ethiopia and speaks before the summit at the African Union.

Doubtfully, he will have much to say about AFRICOM, the U.S. military presence on the continent, or militarism in general, which seems to have been ratcheted up a notch or two for American’s law enforcement agencies.

But it’s risky to predict what’s on his agenda because he has already touched on violence in Kenya, the revised constitution and praised the elections of Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, both of whom faced charges from the International Criminal Court for human rights violations.

Obama at least mentioned Power Africa, his proposal for providing electricity to the countryside of the continent that has shown few results. “I would just point out that if you wanted to start a power plant in the U.S., it doesn’t take a year to get that done.”

After all the “Karibus, Hujambos,” Swahili for “welcome and hello,” Obama was off to Ethiopia, and his speech before the African Union should answer many of the questions posed here and elsewhere.