Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Melania Trump tours former slave trading fort in Ghana

Melania Trump tours former slave trading fort in Ghana

Ghana is the jumping-off point for her first major solo global trip for Melania as first lady, a tour of Africa, a continent her husband reportedly referred to derisively.

Former President Barack Obama, the only black USA president, toured the castle with his family in 2009 and said it was a reminder of "the capacity of human beings to commit great evil".

Mrs. Trump told reporters on the trip "this is a very special place". Melania will hold a brief meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. They spent about 10 minutes inside the mostly dark, cramped holding area before the first lady walked down a pathway that led to the Door of No Return.

The first lady also had a private tea with her Ghanaian counterpart, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

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.

"I will never forget (the) incredible experience and the stories I heard".

She also watched a nurse demonstrate how vitamins are administered to babies by mouth and toured the neonatal intensive care unit.

In August of this year, Melania re-wore a $1,280 striped shirt dress by designer Adam Lippes, having first stepped out in the number back in March during a visit to Palm Beach's St. Mary's Medical Center, where she delivered Easter baskets to young children.

Numerous tweeters noticed the change in her demeanor, with Diane Ethier writing: 'Anyone else notice how happy Melania Trump looks on her SOLO trip?'

The former model, whose choice of clothing is keenly watched, changed from a safari-inspired departure outfit of suede trench coat and leopard print heels to a red and white striped dress with white pumps by the time she arrived in West Africa.The 48-year-old is promoting her Be Best initiative, her official agenda unveiled in May created to improve children's well-being.

"I said, 'Thank you for your warm welcome, '" Melania said she wrote.

Mrs Trump receives flowers during an arrival ceremony after landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra October 2, 2018. Her five-day, four-nation tour will also include stops in Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

Mrs. Trump's final event of the first day in Africa was a private tea with Ghanaian first lady Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House, the presidential palace.

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