US First Lady arrives Ghana on first solo trip

Melania Trump arrives in Ghana on solo African trip

Her immediate predecessor Michelle Obama also made a solo trip to the continent when her husband was president, visiting South Africa and Botswana.

Before greeting officials, the first lady accepted a bouquet of flowers wrapped in a kente cloth from Lillian Naa Adai Sai, an 8-year-old girl who looked starstruck looking up at Trump.

In addition to Ghana, she is due to visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt before returning to Washington early on October 7. She is expected to use her visit to promote her "Be Best" child welfare initiative throughout Africa.

Journalists have tweeted news of her arrival at Kotoka International Airport in Accra.

Judd Devermont, the Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the first lady may have to do "some heavy lifting" on her trip. Akufo-Addo was at the airport to welcome her.

Ghana is seen as a haven of stability in an often turbulent region but despite the interest back home, the first lady's visit did not appear to have generated similar fervour locally.

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On March 20, Mrs Trump met with top executives of technology companies including Amazon, Google, Twitter, Snap and Facebook, to discuss the issue and how it affects children.

Melania Trump left the United States Monday for her first major trip overseas without President Donald Trump.

The president in an Oval Office meeting in January asked lawmakers why so many people from "shithole countries" immigrate to the USA, referring to countries in Africa, Haiti and El Salvador, The Washington Post reported.

The trip, too, can show the people of Africa they are on the Trump White House's agenda in a positive manner.

The first lady's awareness campaign aims to encourage parents to teach children kindness, fight cyber-bullying and oppose drug use.

Meservey told VOA, "I think the U.S. -Africa relationship is much bigger than the president's comments".

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