On Monday June 20th, First Lady Michelle Obama began her first official state visit to Africa. Accompanied by her family, sans her husband U.S. President Barack Obama, Michelle hopes to use this trip to strengthen diplomatic relations between the United States and Africa- a continent whose people have felt neglected under Obama's presidency.  Mrs. Obama, who is a huge supporter of women's rights, hopes to engage the young women of Africa to promote equality and progress.

After landing at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, the administrative and de facto national capital of South Africa, Mrs. Obama, her daughters Sasha and Malia, and her mother Marian Robinson, commenced their five-day trip.

The White House blog will be updating the First Lady's progress, posting links, photos and blog posts of the trip; you can follow along at, http://www.whitehouse.gov/youngafrica .

You can also track her trip on Facebook and Twitter by using the #YoungAfrica hashtag. Because her visit will focus so much on the youth in Africa, networks like MTV and BET are covering Mrs. Obama's visit.  Check their websites for special shows and coverage.

For more in depth coverage of her first days, click here.