Michelle Obama’s Africa itinerary

on June 20 2011 10:07 AM
U.S. President Obama walks with his wife towards Marine One before departing for Camp David in Maryland
U.S. President Obama walks with his wife towards Marine One before departing for Camp David in Maryland Reuters

Between June 20 and 25, First Lady Michelle Obama will be on a good-will tour in Southern Africa. Landing today in South Africa, Mrs. Obama will kick off her trip which is focused on youth leadership, education, health and wellness, the White House remarked.

Here is her abbreviated schedule of events, as reported by the Washington Post:

Monday: Arrives in Pretoria, South Africa's administrative capital city.

Tuesday: Meets with South African President Jacob Zuma's wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma; visits the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg with Nelson Mandela's wife, Graca Machel.

Wednesday: Delivers address to a U.S. sponsored Young African Women Leaders Forum at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto, South Africa.

Thursday: Meets with U.S. consulate employees in Cape Town; visits Robben Island, where former President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years of incarceration; speaks to young people at the University of Cape Town.

Friday: Meets Botswana's President Ian Khama; visits the Botswana Children's Clinic Center of Excellence Teen Club.

Saturday: Meets with U.S. Embassy employees in Gaborone, Botswana; goes on a family safari.

Mrs. Obama will also meet with Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and give a talk about fighting HIV and AIDS. She will then visit soccer stadiums built for the 2010 World Cup and is expected to kick a football with youngsters. It is unlikely that the First Lady will meet with former South African President Nelson Mandela, who is in poor health.

 

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