More photos of Melania Trump’ s visit to Ghana

On Wednesday the first lady toured Cape Coast Castle, a 17th-century facility in the seaside town of Cape Coast built by the Swedes to trade in timber and gold but became a place where slaves were held until they could be shipped out through a "Door of No Return".

The U.S. first lady spent almost 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.

"The dungeons that I saw, it's really something that people should see and experience", she told reporters.

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.

Mrs. Trump spent about 10 minutes inside the cramped male slave dungeon.

Her office said it will also "showcase" the work of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), even at a time when her husband's government is looking to slash US aid across the world.

"It's very emotional", the first lady said before departing.

US First Lady Melania Trump visited a hospital in Ghana's capital Accra on the first day of her Africa tour.

The young girl was described as looking starstruck as she welcomed the USA first lady.

Former President Barack Obama, the only black USA president, toured the castle with his family in 2009 and said it was a reminder of "the capacity of human beings to commit great evil".

In Africa, interest in Melania Trump's visit is being watched to see if she can mend fences after her husband's reported comment that the continent contained "shithole" countries.

Mrs Trump receives flowers during an arrival ceremony after landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra October 2, 2018.

Though she arrived clad in her signature stilettos for the event, she later swapped her shoes for more practical flats as she toured the castle; she pulled the same stiletto-swap yesterday while visiting the maternity ward of a hospital. She also has stops planned this week in Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

They exchanged gifts: a Chippendale silver tray embossed with an image of the White House inside a leather case signed by "First Lady Melania Trump" for Akufo-Addo, and Kente cloth and artifacts for Trump, according to Grisham.

The US First Lady cuddled some babies at the hospital, before also donating a phototherapy machine, teddy bears and assorted baby items.

  • Jon Douglas