Melania Trump opened her first big solo global trip as US first lady on Tuesday with a wave, a smile and a baby in her arms, aiming to promote child welfare during a five-day tour of Africa.
She touched down in Accra, Ghana this morning, the first stop on her week-long tour of the continent, which will also includes stops in Kenya, Malawi and Egypt where she'll go to "foster diplomatic relations, "BBC Africa reports".
Children carry flags as they greet USA first lady Melania Trump on arrival in Accra, Ghana, on October 2, 2018.
Leaders and diplomats of Ghana greeted Mrs. Trump with an elaborate official state visit, rolling out the red carpet for her and having native Ghanan dancers performing for her.
Mothers at the hospital for her visit received gifts of teddy bears nestled in white baby blankets, personally handed out by the first lady, according to her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.
Her husband, Donald Trump, caused anger in January when he reportedly disparaged some African states and Haiti as "shithole countries".
The first lady's office has said the tour will be a "diplomatic and humanitarian visit" that will focus on her #BeBest campaign for "children and their well-being".
It's also her first visit to Africa. Melania Trump brought a silver Chippendale tray etched with an image of the White House.
Trump, 48, also had tea with Ghana's first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the presidential palace, known as the Jubilee House. It also portrays Trump as a first lady who is passionate about serious issues.