- Melania Trump as part of her visit to Ghana has toured the Cape Coast castle, a former slave for
- Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty "slave castles" built on the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) by European traders
Melania Trump, the wife of US President, Donald Trump, has finally touched down in Ghana as part of her first tour of Africa.
The US First Lady arrived in the country on Tuesday, and was met by a government delegation, led by Ghana’s very own First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
Mrs. Trump will be visiting three other African countries following her two-day official visit to Ghana.
She offered to spend a historical moment with mothers and babies at the Greater Accra Regional (Ridge) Hospital.
The US First Lady cuddled some babies at the hospital, before also donating a phototherapy machine, teddy bears and assorted baby items.
She also visited the Cape Coast castle, a former slave fort, on the second day of her solo trip to Ghana.
Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama in 2009 on a visit to Ghana also visited the castle.
A tour guide told Mrs Trump the story of the castle and how the slaves were treated and traded off.
She called it “very emotional” and “really something that people should see and experience.”
The U.S. first lady spent nearly an hour on a guided tour of the 17th-century castle, which originally was built by the Swedes for the trading of timber and gold but eventually became a warehouse for slaves shipped to the New World.
“I will never forget (the) incredible experience and the stories I heard. The dungeons that I saw, it’s really something that people should see and experience,” she said after she was asked to reflect on the visit.
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