Michelle Obama visits South Africa, meets Nelson Mandela

On her first solo trip to Africa, first lady Michelle Obama with her daughters Sasha left and Malia visited former president Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton.

US First Lady Michelle Obama has met South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela, on the first day of her two nation-tour of South Africa.

Mrs Obama, her daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother Marian Robinson, were also granted a rare audience with 92-year-old former president Nelson Mandela at his Johannesburg home.

It was Mrs Obama’s first encounter with the global icon, although her husband Barack Obama met him when still a senator on a 2006 Africa tour. Mrs Obama’s aides revealed that a mobile phone photograph taken of that meeting now hangs in Mr Mandela’s office.

Her visit to South Africa is aimed at advancing her international youth engagement agenda as well as highlighting Mr Obama’s support for “democracy, development and economic opportunities across Africa”.

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