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Melania Trump arrives in Malawi tomorrow

04 October 2018

Whereas yesterday, she was all smiles (really the happiest we've seen her in months), on Wednesday she appeared appropriately somber as she toured Cape Coast Castle, an old slave trading outpost.

Mrs. Trump says she expects the visit to be "very emotional".

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

Obama likened the tour to his visit to the site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald in Germany, saying it was reminiscent of the capacity of human beings to commit "great evil". She passed a row of cannons and descended into a dungeon where male slaves were held in chains.

Trump's visit opened in low-key fashion.

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The former model did not make a speech but those who met her said afterwards that unlike her mysterious public image she was "warm" and "gentle" in the flesh.

The first lady is visiting Africa on her first solo global trip.

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The tour, which also takes in Kenya and Egypt, will focus on promoting health and education.

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In August of this year, Melania re-wore a $1,280 striped shirt dress by designer Adam Lippes, having first stepped out in the number back in March during a visit to Palm Beach's St. Mary's Medical Center, where she delivered Easter baskets to young children.

Trump and Akufo-Addo met at the U.N. General Assembly last week, where Mrs. Trump announced which countries she would visit on her Africa trip, her first major solo trip as first lady.

Greater Accra Regional Hospital was the first stop of the day, where the two first ladies joined ten mothers and their babies.

"Until Melania's visit, it was a taboo to allow a disabled person inside Emintsimadze Palace, or close to royalty, diplomatic aides told us", she writes. The event was a historic one as the king invited two disabled students, one visually impaired and one deaf, from a nearby school to attend the ceremony with the first lady.

The first lady saw how babies are weighed - they're placed in sacks that are then hung from a hook attached to a scale.

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Melania Trump arrives in Malawi tomorrow