Melania Trump to Visit Five Places in Nairobi

Melania Trump embraces Lillian Naa Adai Sai 8 as she receives flowers

The 48-year-old is promoting her Be Best initiative, her official agenda unveiled in May created to improve children's well-being.

The most surprising fashion repeat however was in March 2017, when Melania wore the same $3,000 Valentino dress two days in a row - first modeling it in the Oval Office, while supporting her husband as he signed a new bill aimed at encouraging women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Akufo-Addo was at the airport to welcome her.

Though she arrived clad in her signature stilettos for the event, she later swapped her shoes for more practical flats as she toured the castle; she pulled the same stiletto-swap yesterday while visiting the maternity ward of a hospital. The first lady is visiting Africa on her first big solo worldwide trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour.

Melania will also visit Malawi and Egypt.

No one knew who the message was intended for, leaving it - and her - up for interpretation.

But unlike her predecessors, her visit will be followed closely to see if she can build bridges after the president reportedly dismissed Africa as a collection of "shithole countries".

She has previously travelled alone to Canada and joined her husband on several foreign visits. "This is her trip, her initiative", she said.




The US First Lady cuddled some babies at the hospital, before also donating a phototherapy machine, teddy bears and assorted baby items. "Africa is so lovely, the most handsome part of the world, in many ways", he added.

Many past American first ladies have also made trips to the African continent, including Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.

But there were signs that the soft diplomatic push was yet to take off locally, as comparisons were drawn to the visit of former USA president Barack Obama and his family in 2009. "There are a lot of people (in Ghana) who are extremely indifferent about this visit", political commentator Etse Sikanku told AFP.

After the talks, the US First Lady has been scheduled to visit the US Embassy in Nairobi wrapping up the only closed-door engagements on her visit.

But just hours earlier, Mrs Trump was also pictured beaming widely on a well-received trip to the Ghanian capita of Accra.

4-country visit to be "diplomatic and humanitarian'".

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