[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/30/art.bono.gi.jpg caption="President Obama and U2 lead singer Bono met on Friday at the White House."]Washington (CNN) – President Obama and U2 lead singer Bono met on Friday at the White House following the star's recent trip to Africa.
"[They discussed] ways to make sure our foreign aid is effective, and the opportunities for innovation and technology to change the development landscape in Africa," National Security spokesman Mike Hammer told CNN.
Obama's meeting with the singer was not on the White House schedule. It was Bono's philanthropic organization, ONE, that announced Friday's meeting.
"With the first blackberry president, we discussed the power of new technology to empower activists and entrepreneurs across Africa, part of a new rising generation that's boosting growth and governance and defying stereotypes," Bono said in a statement released by ONE.
This is not Bono's first trip to the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. According to the White House, Paul Hewson visited with National Security Advisor Gen. Jim Jones and OMB Director Peter Orszag in September 2009. Hewson is better known as Bono.