US FIRST Lady Melania Trump will travel to Africa later this year, she announced in a statement.
The trip is going to be Melania’s first major solo international visit and she intends to visit several countries in the continent.
“This will be my first time travelling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history,” she said.
She is expected to visit Africa in October and focus on humanitarian work and “development programmes being done in many of the countries”.
Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said the first lady chose Africa after she learned about some of the development programs that are under way in many of its countries, especially in children’s health and education.
“We are a global society, and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another,” the statement said.
She will not be travelling with US President Donald Trump, who was criticised earlier for allegedly referring to some African nations as “shithole countries”, though he denied he was being a racist.