Melania Trump arrives in Ghana

Cheryl Sanders
October 2, 2018

First lady Melania Trump holds a baby as she visits Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, Ghana, on October 2, 2018.

Mrs. Trump arrived in the West African nation on Tuesday to open her first extended solo worldwide tour.

Mrs Trump was met on arrival by Ghana's First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo. The mother of a 12-year-old son, child welfare is an important issue for Trump, who launched her advocacy initiative "Be Best" earlier this year.

Other stops on Trump's schedule include Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. 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.

Mrs Trump announced her visit at a reception for spouses of world leaders, held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, in NY recently.

She was met by her Ghanaian counterpart Rebecca Akufo-Addo and a group of local schoolchildren in yellow and brown uniforms waving the USA stars and stripes and the Ghanaian flag.

President Donald Trump has not visited Africa since taking office in 2017 but he has reportedly said immigrants from Africa came from "shithole countries".

During her stay in Ghana, she will visit the Children's Unit of Greater Accra Regional Hospital and the Cape Coast Castle.

BBC News Africa recently collected reactions to her visit from people on the ground, and they were mostly unenthusiastic with the exception of few.

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