US First Lady Melania Trump touches down in Africa

US First Lady Melania Trump touches down in Africa

USA first lady Melania Trump is meeting over tea with Ghana's first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo. She toured wings of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, including an older part of the hospital and a newer facility, and passed out teddy bears wrapped in blankets.

"We expect that the visit will also aid us in the various efforts that we are making to promote a number of tourism sites in the country".

The "Be Best" initiative was launched earlier this year to focus on overall child well-being with an emphasis on opioid addiction and online behaviour.

But another compared her unfavourably to former First Lady Michelle Obama who was warmly received with her husband on a trip in 2009. The two women traded gifts: a White House tray in a signed leather case for Akufo-Addo and a Kente cloth and artifacts for Trump.

Her son, Barron, did not accompany her on the trip.

Melania will spend a day in Ghana before she jets off to the other African countries on her schedule: Kenya, Malawi and Egypt.

Mrs Trump announced her visit at a reception for spouses of world leaders, held on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, in NY. Several Ghanaians interviewed said they knew little about it.

Next up, she was headed off to a private tea with the First Lady of Ghana at the presidential palace. Akufo-Addo was at the airport to welcome her.

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