UPDATED, Tuesday, 7/2/13: Air Force One left Tanzania Tuesday to more dancing and celebration, concluding President Barack Obama's week-long stay in Africa. The trip was filled with dignitary meetings and cultural highlights, ending with an encounter with former President George W. Bush.
First lady Michelle Obama met with Laura Bush as she hosted a forum for regional first ladies, while the past and current president attended a wreath-laying ceremony in Tanzania at the site of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in the former capital city of Dar es Salaam. Obama also spent time at an energy-storing soccer ball demo, capping his campaign to increase the United States' role in bringing electricity to Africa.
A photo diary of Obama's trip:
President Barack Obama demonstrates "the SOCCKET Ball," which uses kinetic energy to provide power to charge a cell phone or power a light, during an event at the Ubungo power plant Tuesday in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Former President George W. Bush and President Obama greet family members of victims of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam.
First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush participate in the African First Ladies Summit.
Air Force One takes off as a Tanzanian honor guard stands to attention at the Julius Nyerere airport in Dar es Salaam.
UPDATED, Monday, 7/1/13: The people of Tanzania gave President Barack Obama a hero's welcome Monday, marking the final leg of his trip to Africa after his presence in South Africa was overshadowed by Nelson Mandela's failing health.
The president redoubled his efforts to promote business between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries Monday, meeting with business leaders and announcing a program called "Trade Africa," according to the AP, which aims to send 40 percent of the region's exports to the U.S.
On Sunday, Obama said he was "deeply humbled" by a visit to the cell where Nelson Mandela spent years as a prisoner. Obama also met with Mandela's family during his three-night stay and made stops in Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Women wearing traditional khanga wraps rehearse their singing ahead of welcoming President Barack Obama and his family Monday to the State House in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
President Barack Obama applauds a group of performers during an arrival ceremony at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam.
First lady Michelle Obama arrives at the State House in Dar es Salaam.
President Barack Obama looks out the window Sunday, June 30, 2013, from the cell where Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist who was eventually released and won the Nobel Peace prize for his efforts, was once jailed on Robben Island, South Africa.
A note written by Obama left in the guestbook after he and first lady Michelle toured Robben Island.
Members of a security team keep watch Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa.
President Barack Obama pretends to drop a microphone alongside Aviwe Mtongana, 15, after Mtongana performed a rap song during a tour of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa.
The University of Johannesburg hosted a town hall meeting with an audience and a "live link" for Obama to take questions Saturday in Soweto, South Africa.
Police use stun grenades to disperse protesters gathered outside the University of Johannesburg before Obama's arrival Saturday.
About 800 people organized by the Congress of South African Trade Unions marched through the streets to protest Obama's arrival Friday in Pretoria, South Africa.
Friday, 6/28/13: President Barack Obama and his family visited the presidential palace, a food security expo, and the House of Slaves where the African slave trade once flourished, before waving goodbye to Senegal Friday.
President Barack Obama spent two nights in the nation bolstering its agriculture and global economic trade. Analysts described the trip as way to overcome disappointment about his muted first-term African relations, and costly visit – up to $100 million, according to a Washington Post report. Obama visited the House of Slaves on Goree Island Thursday and pitched U.S. foreign aid while visiting a food expo behind his Dakar hotel Friday.
Demonstrators against Obama's policies on Cuba and Afghanistan were marching to the U.S. Embassy in Johannesburg as he left for South Africa, where a visit to the ailing former South African president Nelson Mandela has not been ruled out, according to the AP.
Supporters welcome President Barack Obama to Senegal along his motorcade route in Dakar Thursday. The national slogan, printed on the wall behind them, reads "One People, One Goal, One Faith."
President Barack Obama praised Senegal as "one of the most stable democracies in Africa" at the presidential palace in Dakar.
The leaders hosted a bilateral press conference at the palace before touring the country.
American first lady Michelle Obama and Marieme Faye Sall, first lady of Senegal, visit the all-girls Martin Luther King Middle School in Dakar Thursday.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama look out from the Door of No Return. The door, what African slaves once passed through when they were shipped off the continent, was part of their tour at the House of Slaves on Goree Island.
A young girl waits at a barricade as President Barack Obama tours the House of Slaves.
President Barack Obama greets locals on Goree Island.
Nimna Diayte, head of the Senegalese Federation of Corn Producers, answers President Barack Obama's questions at a food expo Friday in Dakar aimed at highlighting food security and nutrition.
President Barack Obama touches rice crops while meeting with farmers, innovators, and entrepreneurs whose new methods and technologies are improving the lives of small farmers throughout West Africa.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart for South Africa from Dakar aboard Air Force One.