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Obama to press African leaders on rights and corruption

US President Barack Obama has told the BBC he will continue to deliver his "blunt message" to African leaders about gay rights and discrimination. "I am not a fan of discrimination and bullying of anybody on the basis of race... religion... sexual orientation or gender," he said. Mr Obama was talking ahead of a trip to his ancestral home of Kenya. The visit also demonstrated US commitment to the fighting terror in East Africa, he said. It will be his first visit to Kenya since becoming president. He will become the first US leader to address the African Union when he travels on to Ethiopia on Sunday. Mr Obama has faced criticism in some African countries after the US legalised gay marriage. However, the president said he would not fall silent on the issue. The US leader also admitted that some African governments, including Kenya's, needed to improve their records on human rights and democracy. However, he defended his decision to engage with and visit those governments. "Well, they're not ideal institutions. But what we found is, is that when we combined blunt talk with engagement, that gives us the best opportunity to influence and open up space for civil society." President Obama said the US would continue to co-operate with Kenya and other East African nations to counter the threats from Islamist extremists groups. He is due to address the global entrepreneurship summit in the capital, Nairobi this weekend, which the US State Department said could provide "a target for terrorists". But Mr Obama told the BBC's North America editor Jon Sopel that there is a link between security and entrepreneurship. "When they [people] have a sense of control of their own destiny, then they're less vulnerable to the propaganda and twisted ideologies that have been attracting young people - particularly now being turbocharged through social media."