United States First Lady Melania Trump has arrived Ghana for her first leg of her maiden, solo tour of Africa, which is billed as a chance to carve her own diplomatic path.
The tour, which also takes in Kenya, Malawi and Egypt will focus on promoting health and education.
She was welcomed by her counterpart Rebecca Akufo-Addo and traditional dancers and drummers at the airport but the public reaction has been low key and a group of local schoolchildren in yellow and brown uniforms waving the US stars and stripes and the Ghanaian flag, stepped off an overnight flight from Andrews Airforce Base near Washington and onto a red carpet at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport.
Trump then visited child health facilities and met caregivers during her stay in the capital. She has focused on children as her signature issue and plans to promote child well-being during her four-country tour, which will include stops in Kenya, Malawi and Egypt.
She is also set to promote her Be Best initiative which aims to tackle issues such as cyberbullying and boost healthy living. She tweeted that the campaign was going “international”.
Mrs Trump also said she was looking forward to working with Ghana’s First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, to promote quality healthcare for mothers and newborns and nutrition in young children. The US First Lady further said she looks forward to understanding how the US can continue working together with Malawi to support a USAid program, that is focused on children’s education.
Trump before now, said that she was looking forward to visiting “four beautiful and very different countries in Africa”.
“She is interested in Africa because she has never been before and knows that each country will have its own unique history and culture.” Stephanie Grisham, her communications director, said.