Melania Trump during a visit to a hospital in Accra, Ghana, yesterday. Reuters
US First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Ghana yesterday, choosing for her first extended international trip alone to visit Africa, a continent her husband has referred to derisively. It is her first extended solo international tour. It’s also her first visit to Africa.

The US first lady touched down in Ghana’s capital, Accra, where she was greeted by the country’s first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and a young girl who offered her flowers. A spokeswoman for Trump says the first ladies exchanged gifts: a White House tray in a signed leather case for Akufo-Addo and Kente cloth and artefacts for Trump.

A welcoming ceremony of drums and dancing by men and women dressed in traditional attire followed. Trump then visited child health facilities and met caregivers during her stay in the capital. She has focused on children as her signature issue and plans to promote child well-being during her four-country tour, which will include stops in Kenya, Malawi and Egypt. Reuters