Michelle Obama Posts First Instagram Posing With Senegalese Students

First Lady gets social on Africa trip, posing with students on Instagram.

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First Lady Michelle Obama christened her new Instagram account posing with students from Martin Luther King Middle School in Dakar, Senegal.

"You all are role models for my daughters, which is why I brought them here today - so that they could be inspired by you just like I am," she wrote in a caption.

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The all-girl school is one of the stops on the Obamas' African trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle and their daughters Malia and Sasha kicked off their trip to Africa Wednesday in a flurry of social media, hoping to attract and engage young Americans.

"I want young people here in the U.S. to join me on this journey so that you can engage with – and learn from – the African students I meet and experience the rich culture and history of each of these countries right alongside me," First Lady Michelle Obama said in a blog post. "All you have to do is get online."

Travel updates will be sent out through Obama's Instagram account, @MichelleObama, and her Twitter, @FLOTUS.

My first instagram! So inspired and so impressed by these extraordinary young women. -mo #FLOTUSinAfrica http://t.co/MLf0E2sXu1

— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) June 27, 2013

"I want you to know that we are all so proud of you." -The First Lady to students in Dakar. #FLOTUSinAfrica pic.twitter.com/AonntH41eG

— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) June 27, 2013

The first lady will keep a daily travel journal with photos and video that will be posted on the White House blog. She will also host a Google+ Hangout June 29 that will connect youth in South Africa and the U.S. The first lady will use the hashtag #FLOTUSinAfrica for Twitter discussion.

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This isn't the first trip to Africa for the first lady; she visited the continent in 2011 when she met former South African president Nelson Mandela. Michelle will dedicate future blog posts to the South African legend in failing health.

"President Mandela is in the hospital right now, and he is very much in our thoughts and prayers," she wrote. "I'll be writing more about President Mandela's extraordinary contributions to history – and what we can all do in our own lives to live up to his legacy – in future blog posts."

The Obamas will return to the U.S. in time for Fourth of July celebrations.

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