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03 October 2018, 08:36 | Max Haynes
Mrs Trump was met at the airport by her Ghanaian counterpart Rebecca Akufo-Addo leftCAROLYN KASTER AP
US First Lady Melania Trump visited a former slave trading fort in Ghana on Wednesday, the second day of her maiden solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme.
Melania Trump left the sanctuary of the East Wing of the White House for a continent her husband once reportedly said contained "shithole" countries, making her visit as much about mending fences as carving her own diplomatic path.
The first lady saw how babies are weighed - they're placed in sacks that are then hung from a hook attached to a scale.
The American First Lady thanked her hosts for the warm welcome she had received; describing her hosts "as lovely and warm people".
In a day of engagements as part of her "Be Best" campaign in education and healthcare, she handed out teddy bears to newborns and met her Ghanaian counterpart, Rebecca Akufo-Addo. Akufo-Addo was at the airport to welcome her.
The 48-year-old is promoting her Be Best initiative, her official agenda unveiled in May created to improve children's well-being.
Melania and Donald Trump pictured in July 2018. Michelle Obama, who focused more on domestic issues, still made it out to South Africa and Botswana on a solo tour.
The president has equally promised to only provide aid to friendly countries.
In addition to Ghana, she is due to visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt before returning to Washington early on Oct 7.
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).
She has previously travelled alone to Canada and joined her husband on several foreign visits. "It's really a tragedy", she said. "This is her trip, her initiative", she said.
The Flotus charmed locals with her easy, relaxed manner, and appeared delighted when given the chance to cuddle an adorable baby boy during a visit to the city's Greater Accra Regional Hospital.
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.
The 17th century Cape Coast castle, now a monument, has attracted world dignitaries including America's first black President Barack Obama and his family, who also shared their emotions at the site. Laura Bush traveled to Africa to visit HIV/AIDS programs.
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