On Wednesday, Aug 4, addressing a meeting of Young African Leaders Forum in White House, Obama asked them to follow Mahatma Gandhi to bring the changes they want in their continent.
"One of the things that I think everybody here has to really internalise is the notion that, I think it was Mahatma Gandhi who once said, you have to be the change that you seek," said Obama.
Obama also told that the future of Africa belongs to its young people.
"We are going to keep helping empower African youth, supporting education, increasing educational exchanges like the one that brought my father from Kenya, in the days when Kenyans were throwing off colonial rule and reaching for a new future," said US President.
"The world needs your talents and your creativity. We need young Africans who are standing up and making thing happen, not only in their own countries but around the world. And the US wants to be your partner," he added.