Melania Trump arrives in Ghana

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

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

She added that the castle is a "special place". A USA official said the chief had invited two disabled children from a nearby school to the ceremony with the first lady, a break from local tradition in which it had previously been considered taboo to have anyone with handicaps in the palace. 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.

us first lady Melania Trump meets with Fante chiefs to gain permission to visit Cape Coast castle, Ghana, October 3, 2018.

Ahead of her trip, Mrs Trump said that she was looking forward to seeing how the U.S. can continue working together with Malawi to support a USAid programme that is focussed on children's education.

"I will never forget the stories.really, really touching. The dungeons that I saw ... what happened so many years ago, it's really a tragedy".

The Sarakasi crew shall present a creative piece depicting a ghetto kid who rises to fame and a group of children is also listed to entertain her on Friday.

Some, including The Washington Post's Adam Taylor, have suggested that the First Lady's trip is simply her attempt to boost the image of the Trump presidency across the continent (spoiler: The Donald said some not great things about Africa and it's people), but even if that's true, it's good to see that Melania is showing reverence and respect where it's due.

Melania's visit shall also highlight her passion for wildlife and conservation as she takes a trip to the Nairobi National Park in one of the animal orphanages where she will adopt an animal.

While the world's media were covering the visit and Trump was testing out text messages to the nation, Trevor took to The Daily Show to welcome her to Africa.

The first lady's visit was a lower-key affair than Obama's visit as the first black US president, and reminders of his visit with wife Michelle were prominent. Other stops include Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, right, poses with Ghana's First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo prior to their meeting at Jubilee House in Accra, Ghana, on October 2, 2018.

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.

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