Trevor Noah pokes fun at Melania Trump's visit to Africa

Carla Harmon
October 3, 2018

The optics are pretty impeccable, like the $2,300 Celine dress she wore in Accra, but at the same time the Trump administration has proposed cuts to the U.S. Agency for International Development, whose programs will be on prominent display during the first lady's trip.

"Akwaaba (Welcome) to Cape Coast", read a sign hung from the whitewashed walls of the Cape Coast Castle, some 145 kilometres (90 miles) from the capital, Accra.

Former President Barack Obama, the only black USA president, toured the castle with his family in 2009 and said it was a reminder of "the capacity of human beings to commit great evil".

"The interest is very, very muted and subdued".

There was, therefore, full excitement when First Lady Melania Trump, arrived at the Palace at about 0930 hours to the melodious flute performance.

Cape Coast Castle was a major outpost on the Atlantic slave trading route.

She told Reuters the "dungeon is really something that people should see and experience" and "what happened so many years ago is really a tragedy".

The imposing fort on the windswept coast, where untold numbers of people were kept in dark dungeons before being shipped overseas, is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Obama -whose photo now adorns the wall of a hall renamed in his honor - said at the time that the cells were a reminder that "sometimes we can tolerate and stand by great evil even as we think that we are doing good".

Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters are also anticipating a visit by the US First Lady as she takes a tour of four African countries.

Trump's visit opened in low-key fashion.

"This is a very special place", said Melania, per CNN's Kate Bennett.

Melania's visit shall also highlight her passion for wildlife and conservation as she takes a trip to the Nairobi National Park in one of the animal orphanages where she will adopt an animal.

Overall, there were doubts the visit would radically alter existing ties.

The mood before the arrival of the First Lady and her entourage was euphoric, as the Apamkro Cultural Troupe from the University of Cape Coast Primary School waited patiently to welcome the First Lady with their mmensuon (flute) performance.

The US First Lady cuddled some babies at the hospital, before also donating a phototherapy machine, teddy bears and assorted baby items.

Mrs Trump is in Ghana for a two-day visit.

The Flotus charmed locals with her easy, relaxed manner, and appeared delighted when given the chance to cuddle an adorable baby boy during a visit to the city's Greater Accra Regional Hospital. The only issue is that most people in Africa are still waiting to get cyber.

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