Bono spent St. Patrick’s Day in Nairobi, Kenya, where he attended a Pan African Media Conference to discuss important issues affecting the continent.

“I am happy to be in Kenya and also participate in the Pan African Media Conference since there is so much to learn, share and speak about in Africa,” the U2 lead singer told The Daily Nation newspaper.

Bono featured as a panelist at the conference, as Africa is a subject that has long been a passion for the 50-year-old Dubliner.

“The conference attracted my attention because I am one of those who believe in brand Africa, a better Africa for Africans,” Bono said as to why he was attending the event.

Bono co-founded the One campaign, which raises funds to fight AIDS and poverty in Africa, and is a vigorous activist for debt cancellation in African countries.

His efforts so far have led to the scrapping on $70 billion worth of debt, and that money has been put to good use in the community.

“The money was used by various governments in keeping more than 35 million children in Africa in schools and that is what I want to see happening more,” added Bono.