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Melania Trump pays poignant visit to slave fortress in Ghana

Melania Trump pays poignant visit to slave fortress in Ghana

Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on her first extended solo worldwide tour as First Lady.

Ahead of her trip, Mrs Trump said that she was looking forward to seeing how the U.S. can continue working together with Malawi to support a USAid programme that is focussed on children's education.

Photographs of the two first ladies featured on the front pages of major newspapers in Ghana while the visit was talked about on morning radio shows.

"Her trip will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, the deep culture and history woven into each African country, and how the United States is supporting each country on its journey to self-reliance", the White House said before she left.

Before proceeding to the slave castle, she visited the palace of the head chief of the area and obtained royal approval to visit the fortress after presenting drinks to the chiefs.

She was received by Ghana's First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo when she arrived in the countryon Tuesday. The two first met last week in NY at a reception on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where Mrs. Trump spoke about her upcoming trip.

"She's going to Africa to fight cyberbullying".

The first lady wants to highlight the work of the US Agency for International Development, even as her husband looks to slash aid and restrict it to perceived friendly nations.

Melania Trump's visit to Ghana changed one of those scenarios. She will also visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

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Trump has typically stayed out of the spotlight since her husband became president yet she has made headlines for rare public appearances. "The dungeons that I saw.it's really something that people should see and experience".

Before the visit, Mrs. Trump visited nearby Emintsimadze Palace to participate in a traditional ceremony where a regional tribe leader granted her permission to tour the palace. "This is her trip, her initiative", she said.

Melania Trump, the First Lady of the United States of America and wife to Donald Trump will leave Ghana on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Mrs. Trump stopped to embrace a particularly roly-poly baby.

"We both love Africa". The only issue is that most people in Africa are still waiting to get cyber.

Former President Barack Obama and his family toured the castle in 2009.

During that visit, Barack Obama gave a speech to parliament saying "Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions".

A plaque at the Ghana fortress commemorates Obama's visit.

Unlike the Obamas' visit, the roads from the airport were not packed with onlookers while there was little fanfare in the local media, according to an AFP reporter on the ground.

4-country visit to be "diplomatic and humanitarian'".


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