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Updated: June 22, 2011 16:12 IST

Show leadership, Michelle Obama tells African youth

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama dances with children during her visit to the Emthonjeni Community Centre in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday. Photo: AP.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama dances with children during her visit to the Emthonjeni Community Centre in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday. Photo: AP.

The U.S. first lady delivered that message on Wednesday in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a keynote speech to an American—sponsored forum of young women leaders from the continent.

Michelle Obama says leadership isn’t limited to age or status in life and that the world is looking to its young people to be the next generation of problem—solvers.

The U.S. first lady delivered that message on Wednesday in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a keynote speech to an American—sponsored forum of young women leaders from the continent.

Sixty percent of Africa’s population is under age 25. And in South Africa, two—thirds of its people are younger than 30.

Mrs. Obama urged her listeners to be the ones who banish hunger and end HIV/AIDS.

She spoke at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto township, which was a religious hub and sanctuary during the anti—apartheid uprisings 35 years ago.

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