Melania Trump kicks off Africa tour in Ghana

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

The Emintsimadze Palace was decked in Ghana and U.S. flags, with a banner carrying a picture of American First Lady and the inscription, "Akwaaba to Cape Coast H.E. Melania Trump".

From there, she met her Ghanaian counterpart, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the presidential residence, Jubilee House, where the pair exchanged gifts of an silver Chippendale tray engraved with an image of the White House and Ghanaian kente cloth.

With the Africa visit, the first lady aims to take "Be Best" and its focus on opioid abuse and online behaviour to an global audience.

In addition to Ghana, she is due to visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt before returning to Washington early on Oct 7.

Trump has typically stayed out of the spotlight since her husband became president yet she has made headlines for rare public appearances.

President Trump denied sleeping with Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, in 2006, a year after getting married to Melania, and shortly after she gave birth to their son Barron.

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

She has previously travelled alone to Canada and joined her husband on several foreign visits.

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She toured the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, where she highlighted her interest in child welfare, and distributed gifts of teddy bears wrapped in baby blankets with her Be Best slogan, which she had chosen as the theme of her work as a first lady. "She's really doing a great job as first lady".

"We both love Africa".

"It was like a big party, everybody was into it, people stood on rooftops, everybody wanted to see Barack Obama, the son of Africa", said Sikanku, author of "The Afrocentric Obama and Lessons on Political Campaigning".

Another Twitter user called Irene Z posted: 'Watching channel 2 news this morning saying Melania Trump in Africa taking a picture the smile looks authentic and happy.

But there were signs that the soft diplomatic push was yet to take off locally, as comparisons were drawn to the visit of former U.S. president Barack Obama and his family in 2009.

Cape Coast Castle was a major outpost on the Atlantic slave trading route.

On Tuesday, President Trump openly mocked the university professor who made the allegations, drawing scorn from critics who said such taunts deterred survivors of assault.

"We in Africa, we like the other administration that came before this one", said Yaw Cobblah, a 46-year-old taxi driver in the capital.

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