Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

US First Lady Melania Trump arrives in Kenya

US First Lady Melania Trump arrives in Kenya

Following Melania's visit to the school, she travelled to the Statehouse, where she enjoyed tea with Malawi's First Lady Gertrude. "It is a attractive thing to see", wrote Trump.

Flight operations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) shall be grounded for close to 12 hours during the two-day visit by US First Lady Melania Trump.

Mrs. Trump toured classrooms at Lilongwe's Chipala Primary School, which gets textbooks and other education assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

She visited the school to highlight the benefits of a USAID scheme to support African education, which has seen the United States distribute 9.6million books to schools across Malawi.

Melania Trump, who is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme, described her visit to the Chipala primary school as "an unbelievable experience".

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In the spirit of the first lady's "Be Best" initiative, during one class visit, a teacher led what appeared to be an exercise in self-confidence, asking students to stand up and say their name along with, "You are the best!"

One said #MELANIATOO, with the "ME" in bold black. "Takulandirani [Welcome] First Lady Melania Trump" was spelled out in red, white, and blue letters on the chalkboard. "Thank you for educating them to "be best" and to grow up into educated adults for generations to come". "I was heartened to spend time with the students".

Following the school visit, Trump arrived at the statehouse, home to Peter Mutharika, the President of Malawi, at 4:17 pm.

The two will later visit the Kenya National Theatre where they will be treated to cultural performances.

Melania Trump on Tuesday arrived in Accra, Ghana on the first stop of the African tour of Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt.

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