Melania Trump kicks off Africa tour in Ghana


While in Africa on her first global solo trip as first lady, Melania Trump visited a historic former slave holding facility in Ghana, calling the experience "very emotional".

At the encounter with Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, the Chief of the area, the excited American Mrs Trump described her two-day visit to "beautiful" Ghana as a wonderful experience and she is happy to spend time with such "warm people". "I will never forget the incredible experience and the stories that I heard from the gentleman". "What happened so many years ago ... it's really a tragedy".

The highlight of Wednesday's itinerary was the tour of Cape Coast Castle, a major outpost on the Atlantic slave trading route, where she also met members of the local Fante tribe.

As Trump entered the chief's permission ceremony, which last approximately 15 minutes, she was greeted by a seven-year-old girl in native dress who handed her a bouquet of flowers.

The first lady was led around the facility by museum director Kwesi Essel-Blankson.

But unlike her predecessors, Melania Trump's tour will be followed closely to see if she can build bridges after her husband's apparent disparaging comments.

The first lady saw how babies are weighed - they're placed in sacks that are then hung from a hook attached to a scale.

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Adding her name to the list Wednesday was the wife of President Donald Trump, who isn't unanimously seen as a friend of Africa.

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

They exchanged gifts: a Chippendale silver tray embossed with an image of the White House inside a leather case signed by "First Lady Melania Trump" for Akufo-Addo, and Kente cloth and artifacts for Mrs. Trump, according to her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.

Upon arrival in Nairobi, she will be expected to visit State House as her first stop. "My visit to Cape Coast castle was a solemn reminder of a time in our history that should never be forgotten".

A relaxed and smiling Melania Trump arrived in Accra from Washington on Tuesday to a red-carpet welcome of traditional dancing and flag-waving schoolchildren.

The week-long tour is the longest solo worldwide trip she has made without the USA president.

Next up on her trip are visits to Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. Trump joins other first ladies - Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama - who also made solo trips to Africa.