It has been an action packed week for Michelle Obama. The First Lady began her first official state visit to Africa this week. Leaving the President behind, Michelle and her daughters Sasha and Malia began their five day trip where they will visit South Africa and Botswana. 

The First Lady said in a video message at the WhiteHouse.gov, I'm doing this because we know that Africa is a fundamental part of our interconnected world. And when it comes to meeting the challenges of our time, whether it's climate change or extremism, poverty or disease, the world is looking to African nations as vital partners.

And we'll be looking across the continent to young people, just like all of you, to be leading the way. We'll be looking at young people like Anna, an 18-year-old from South Africa, who produces hard hitting stories as a citizen journalist on issues like climate change and HIV AIDS.

You can follow the First Lady's trip here, or on Facebook or use #youngafrica on Twitter. 

In Botswana

The First Lady took the sidelines on her arrival in Gaborone, Botswana on Friday, where she was greeted by traditional dancers. Michelle isn't one to shy away from dancing, but she respectfully watched the performers as they danced with a wide smile on her face.