Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Melania Trump recycles $595 Veronica Beard jacket in Ghana

Melania Trump recycles $595 Veronica Beard jacket in Ghana

The First Lady of the United States of America, Melania Trump visited Ghana on Tuesday, October 2, 2018; her first visit overseas alone since her husband, Donald Trump took over as the president of the US.

He urged her to make Cape Coast a city of focus for her Be Best Campaign, when it was rolled out in Ghana. Originally a timber and gold trading outpost, the structure morphed into a "slave castle", one of about 40 or so similar outposts used by foreigners to trade and purchase slaves, taking them from West Africa and into lives of unwilling servitude.

As she was led around the Cape Coast Castle, ...

Trump vowed to never forget the conditions in which Africans were held before they were shipped across the Atlantic.

She was also seen wearing a pair of her favorite Manolo Blahnik heels first thing in the morning - however she changed out of the sky high pumps and into the low-cost flats by the time she reached the 17th Century castle, no doubt in order to ensure she could enjoy the walking tour without worrying about her feet.

Afterward, before heading back to Accra, the First Lady said she would "never forget the incredible experiences and the stories she heard from the gentleman", nor the dungeon, according to a pool report. 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. "It's really a tragedy", she said. Mrs. Trump met Ghanaian officials there, including Mrs. Akufo-Addo, whom she greeted with a smile and "thank you very much".

However by the time she reached Cape Coast Castle, the mother-of-one had removed the addition to the look, leaving it free from any accessories, save for her diamond wedding band. Trump laid a wreath of white flowers in memory. She also signed a guestbook, telling reporters she inscribed an appreciation for the "warm welcome" she has received.

Melania Trump opens Africa tour with a wave and baby in arms.

Before the visit, Mrs. Trump visited nearby Emintsimadze Palace to participate in a traditional ceremony where a regional tribe leader granted her permission to tour the palace. A large photo of Obama greeting the chiefs hangs in the lobby. S President, Barack Obama and his wife and children also visited the Cape Coast Castle during a visit to the country.

Mrs. Trump entered the hall following a procession of girls blowing horns. "Each of us hails from a country with its own unique challenges, but I know in my heart we are united by our commitment to raising the next generation to be happy, healthy and morally responsible adults".

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