The U.S. first lady Melania Trump, on the second stop of a five-day goodwill tour of Africa, visited a school in Malawi, where the young children sang that they were so happy to see her.
Melania Trump received a joyous welcome in Malawi upon her arrival at Kamuzu International Airport, with singing and dancing by a troupe of women and scores of schoolchildren waving African and Malawian flags.
Ahead of her trip, Mrs Trump said she was looking forward to seeing how the US can continue working together with Malawi to support a USAid programme that is aimed at children’s education.
She was accompanied on her visit to the school with Malawi’s First Lady Gertrude Mutharika.
She is expected to travel to Kenya later on Thursday evening. This is the first time Mrs Trump is representing her husband’s administration on a solo international trip.
Since taking office last year, President Donald Trump has courted controversy by reportedly using a derogatory term to refer to African countries.
A small group of Americans living in Malawi held a protest against her tour, saying they are against her husband’s style of government and plans to cut aid.
Mrs Trump started her African tour in Ghana on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, she visited a former slave fort in the West African state, saying what “what happened so many years ago is really a tragedy”.