More photos of Melania Trump’ s visit to Ghana

Melania walks alongside Ghana's First Lady Rebecca Akufo Addo during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra Ghana

Melania walks alongside Ghana's First Lady Rebecca Akufo Addo during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra Ghana

The week-long tour is the longest solo global trip she has made without the United States president.

President Barack Obama and his family toured the site in 2009.

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 US officials presented a gift of drinks to the chiefs.

The president has shown little interest in Africa since coming to power but tweeted about his wife's meeting with new mothers: "Proud of our great First Lady - and she loves doing this!"

Mrs. Trump spent about 10 minutes inside the cramped male slave dungeon.

US First lady Melania Trump arrives at Emintsimadze Palace on the Cape Coast of Ghana, Oct. 3, 2018.

On Wednesday the first lady toured Cape Coast Castle, a 17th-century facility in the seaside town of Cape Coast built by the Swedes to trade in timber and gold but became a place where slaves were held until they could be shipped out through a "Door of No Return".

But what differs from her predecessors' swings is that the sunny messaging during Trump's trip to Africa falls at odds with her husband's policies, say public health experts and leaders of nongovernmental organizations.

She also watched a nurse demonstrate how vitamins are administered to babies by mouth and toured the neonatal intensive care unit. "My visit to Cape Coast castle was a solemn reminder of a time in our history that should never be forgotten".

Although it happens rarely, this is not the first time that Melania has recycled one of her fashion favorites.

With the Africa visit, the first lady aims to take "Be Best" and its focus on opioid abuse and online behaviour to an worldwide audience.

The Flotus charmed locals with her easy, relaxed manner, and appeared delighted when given the chance to cuddle an adorable baby boy during a visit to the city's Greater Accra Regional Hospital.

The first lady's visit to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt has been seen as an attempt to carve her own path and emerge from her husband's shadow and his divisive presidency.

The US First Lady cuddled some babies at the hospital, before also donating a phototherapy machine, teddy bears and assorted baby items.

Mrs. Trump's final event of the first day in Africa was a private tea with Ghanaian first lady Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House, the presidential palace.

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