Lionel Richie to headline WH dinner

Oscar and Grammy-winning performing artist Lionel Richie will headline Tuesday night’s White House dinner for the more than 40 African heads of state visiting Washington as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

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The “All Night Long” singer is a longtime supporter of the president and appeared on a 2008 album with artists including Kanye West, John Legend and Stevie Wonder to benefit the president’s campaign.

Guests of the president and first lady will enjoy a spiced tomato soup and farmhouse vegetable salad in a pumpkinseed vinaigrette to open their dinners.

The main course will be a grilled, dry-aged beef served with chermoula and crispy plantains, with sweet potatoes, braised summer greens and coconut milk.

Desert will be a cappuccino fudge cake with Madagascar vanilla-scented papaya, and wines include a California Sauvignon blanc and pinot noir.

The meal will conclude a busy day of economic talks for the president and African leaders. Obama is expected to announce some $14 billion in U.S. corporate economic investment on the continent during an appearance at the summit.