Mrs Trump arrives in Accra to begin a four-nation African tour

Melania Trump, Ghana's first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo

Melania Trump, Ghana’s first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo

The First Lady of the United States of America, Mrs Melania Trump touched down in Ghana yesterday as part of her working visit to four African countries.

The visit which was her first foreign trip to Africa would see her visit countries including Malawi, Kenya and Egypt to promote her “Be Best” child welfare initiative which focuses on overall child well-being with emphasis on opioid addiction and online behaviours.

It was also to acquaint her with what the United States did to help other countries become self-sufficient.

Accompanied by some security and media personnel from the White House, Mrs Trump was received at the Kotoka International Airport by First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo at around 10:15 am yesterday.

Before reclining to the Jubilee lounge for a closed door discussions with her counterpart, the US First Lady was given a ‘Ghanaian rousing welcome’ which saw the presentation of a bouquet of flowers wrapped in Kente cloth from 8-year-old Lillian Naa Adai Sai.

She was also treated to a cultural performance with school children waving the flags of both countries to make her feel at home.

Mrs Trump visited the Greater Accra Regional Hospital where she interacted with mothers and children at the child welfare clinic of the Children’s Unit of the hospital.

She gave out branded “Be Best” teddy bears, towels, blankets and toiletries to nursing mothers after observing wellness checks and weighing processes for babies at the unit.

At the neonatal intensive care unit of the health facility, Mrs Trump donated a photo therapy machine to facilitate utmost care for babies with dire health conditions.

The three day visit to Ghana is expected to be one of the defining moments where the nation would showcase its rich cultural heritage and deep-rooted history to the world.

It will see Mrs Trump visit some tourist sites and key places across the country. including the infamous Cape Coast Castle to familiarise herself with the African-American history and strengthen the bilateral relationship between both countries.

It would be recalled that Mrs Trump at a reception for spouses of foreign leaders and other participants at the UN General Assembly last Wednesday made her intentions known to visit “four beautiful and very different countries in Africa.”

According to her, the countries had worked closely with the US Agency for International Development which was helping to organise the trip.

“Whether it is education, drug addiction, hunger, online safety or bullying, poverty or diseases, it is too often children who are hit first and the hardest across the globe. I know in my heart, we are united by our commitment to raising the next generation to be happy, healthy and morally responsible adults,” she had stated.

By Abigail Annoh

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