Michelle Obama meets Nelson Mandela

Michelle Obama made an impromptu visit to the home of Nelson Mandela yesterday during her tour of South Africa

First lady Michelle Obama experienced her most inspiring encounter to date when she dropped in to meet with former South African president and anti-apartheid campaigner, Nelson Mandela, at his home yesterday.

Michelle was in South Africa with several members of her family, on her second official solo tour, where she has said she hopes to inspire children and young adults during her week’s visit.

Since her warm welcome in South Africa on Monday evening, Michelle’s schedule has been jam-packed with official meetings and engagements, including a visit to President Jacob Zuma’s official residence in Pretoria to meet with Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, one of the president’s three wives.

Michelle Obama in South Africa

Their visit also included a trip to Emthonjeni Community Centre where Michelle met with the children who live in the sprawling shantytown community there, many without electricity and plumbing.

She spent time singing and playing games with the youngsters and even had her daughters Sasha, 10, and Malia, 12, read extracts from their favourite book “Cat in the Hat”. After which she donated 200 books to centre.

Michelle Obama in South Africa

The meeting had not initially been scheduled, but when Mandela heard that the first lady and her family were visiting South Africa he sent out word that he wished to meet them.

During their stay, the Obamas reviewed letters and photos from Mandela’s time in captivity and had a book of his quotations signed for them.

America’s first lady also spent time with South Africa’s former first lady, Graca Machel. The two women appeared relaxed in each other’s company as they toured through the archives.

Michelle Obama walks with Nelson Mandela

The official tour continues today with Michelle giving a keynote speech on the importance of leadership among young adults.

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