Michelle Obama tells youth to dream big

2013-06-30 10:25
US First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion with students at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg. (Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

US First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion with students at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg. (Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

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Johannesburg - US First Lady Michelle Obama addressed about 200 young people at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg on Saturday and told them to take risks, dream big and to respect the power of education.

Michelle Obama, who is in South Africa with her husband, US President Barack Obama, told local youth: "We need you guys to step up as leaders."

She encouraged them to look up to people like Mandela and the youth of 1976 who fought for a better education in the country.

The First Lady, dressed in a casual bright green skirt and floral top, was accompanied by her two daughters and mother. On a serious note she asked everyone to pray for the ailing Nelson Mandela.

The Sunday Independent newspaper reported that the event, which was taped for DStv channel MTVBases's show MTV Meets, included a live streaming to a local audience in a number of cities in the US.

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