Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Melania Trump walks through 'slave door of no return' during Africa visit

Melania Trump walks through 'slave door of no return' during Africa visit

He expressed joy at her visit, saying it would help to draw the people of Ghana and the United States closer.

It was a somber second day in Africa for first lady Melania Trump as she toured a castle in Ghana that was once used for trading slaves.

The American First Lady described her visit to Cape Coast as "impactful" and said it "was a solemn reminder of a time in our history that should never be forgotten", after she was told the horror story of how slaves were kept at the fort before they were shipped to the Caribbean.

First lady Melania Trump accepts flowers from flower girl Lillian Naa Adai Sai, 8, as she receives flowers as she arrives at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.

The mood before the arrival of the First Lady and her entourage was euphoric, as the Apamkro Cultural Troupe from the University of Cape Coast Primary School waited patiently to welcome the First Lady with their mmensuon (flute) performance.

"The dungeons that I saw, it's really something that people should see and experience".

Mrs. Trump kicked off her tour with a stop in Ghana where she had tea with Ghana's first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the country's presidential palace.

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Prior to her tour at the Cape Coast Castle, Trump participated in the ritual of asking permission of Ghana King Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II to visit the grounds.

The ceremony took place in Obama hall at the Emintsimadze Palace, a hall that was renamed in Obama's honour after his visit to the area in 2009.

On Tuesday, Trump visited the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Ghana and spent some time with a baby clinic. Mrs. Trump handed out teddy bears and blankets printed with her BE BEST message.

"Her trip will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, the deep culture and history woven into each African country, and how the United States is supporting each country on its journey to self-reliance", the White House said before she left.

"It's really, really touching", she said. As Trump says, the campaign is "shining a spotlight on successful programs and organizations that teach children tools and skills". The pair had previously met earlier this year during the U.N. General Assembly in NY. 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. Mrs. Trump gifted Akufo-Addo with a silver Chippendale tray on which was etched the image of the White House.

Mrs. Melania Trump has stops planned in Malawi, Kenya and Egypt for her solo global tour in Africa.

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