Melania Trump visits Cape Coast Castle

Mrs Melania Trump (left) being briefed during her visit to Cape Coast castle

Mrs Melania Trump (left) being briefed during her visit to Cape Coast castle

The Central Regional Capital, Cape Coast, came alive yesterday when the First Lady of the United States of America, Melania Trump visited the Emintsimadze Palace and Cape Coast Castle.

 

The visit was to allow the First Lady have first hand information on aspects of Ghana’s history in relation to the long standing African-American ties.

 

In what seemed like a triumphant entry into the former capital of the Gold Coast, some major roads in the metropolis, including the University of Cape Coast West Gate through Ola Beach road to the Cape Coast Town Hall to Bakano were closed to traffic ahead of the visit.

 

The police and military men were stationed at vantage points to manage traffic and ensure orderliness as the First Lady made her way to the palace at about 9:00am.

 

The Omanhene of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Akwesi Atta II and other sub-chiefs received Mrs Trump who expressed her excitement at being there saying, “I am very happy to be here to meet these beautiful and warm people.”

 

Presenting some traditional kente cloth and other gifts to the First Lady and her entourage, the Omanhene briefed her on the history and livelihood of the people of Cape Coast.

 

He said “this visit to the Cape Coast Castle will afford you the opportunity to witness at firsthand issues that had occurred about 400 years ago with regards to the slave trade and this gesture by you will be recognised globally for future references.”

 

Speaking to journalists in an interview later, Osabarima Akwesi Atta II was unimpressed about the current state of the astle calling for more efforts to be put in place to secure the place as the national asset that it is.

Mrs Melania Trump joins the league of other former US First Ladies including Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama who had visited Ghana in the past to experience the country’s rich culture and heritage.

 

Mrs Trump who leaves Ghana today for three other African countries; Malawi, Kenya and Egypt is embarking on a solo foreign trip to promote her “Be Best” campaign on children’s healthcare and tourism.

 

Launched in May this year, the campaign is aimed at promoting the well-being of the youth and advocate against cyber bullying and drug use in the African continent.

 

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project is also to promote child nutrition on the region.

 

Prior to her trip, the US First Lady had described such countries as “four beautiful and very different countries in Africa.”

 

“Our discussions are always united by the universal desire to provide children with the support and tools necessary to grow up to be happy, healthy, and responsible adults. I am thrilled to be working with the USAID on what I know will be a meaningful trip”, Mrs Trump had asserted at a reception for spouses of foreign leaders and other participants at the UN General Assembly last Wednesday.

By Abigail Annoh

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