First Lady Makes Emotional Visit to Former Slave Outpost in Ghana

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Mrs Trump also visited Cape Coast, the Central regional capital, where she met and interacted briefly with the chief, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II and his elders, before taking a private tour of the former slave fort called Cape Coast Castle.

While in Africa on her first worldwide solo trip as first lady, Melania Trump visited a historic former slave holding facility in Ghana, calling the experience "very emotional". The first lady is visiting Africa on her first solo global trip.

Mrs. Trump will be visiting three other African countries following her two-day official visit to Ghana.

The U.S. first lady spent almost an hour on a guided tour of the 17th-century castle, which originally was built by the Swedes for the trading of timber and gold but eventually became a warehouse for slaves shipped to the New World.

Melania Trump's visit to Ghana changed one of those scenarios. "Their efforts aim to increase access to education, and work to ensure all children acquire the skills needed to succeed in school and life", she said.

"It's very emotional. I will never forget (the) incredible experience and the stories that I heard", she said after seeing the dungeons and walking through the "door of no return", the castle's final exit toward the Atlantic Ocean.

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Before proceeding to the slave castle, she visited the palace of the head chief of the area and obtained royal approval to visit the fortress after presenting drinks to the chiefs. 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.

Adding her name to the list Wednesday was the wife of President Donald Trump, who isn't unanimously seen as a friend of Africa.

She also said she will use the trip to find out how the United States can continue working together with Malawi to support a USAid programme that is focussed on children's education.

The White House reporter for Bloomberg, Jennifer Jacobs who is part of Melania Trump's team reports a taboo at Emintsimadze Palace in Cape Coast came to an end during Mrs Trump's visit to the palace.

It's also her first visit to Africa. Obama had also been to the palace and his presence was documented there, too. The cultural formality took place in the "Obama Hall" at the Emintsimadze Palace. A large banner with Trump's picture and the words "Awkwaaba (Welcome) to Cape Coast H.E Melania Trump" hung from a balcony on one of the buildings. She accepted a ceremonial tray of kente cloths as a gift.

The first lady's five-day, four-country tour will also include stops in Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

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