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US First Lady Melania Trump arrives in Nairobi for landmark visit

by kenya-tribune

US First Lady Melania Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a national park to highlight conservation efforts.

Mrs Trump laughed after one of the baby elephants made a sudden move and she momentarily lost her footing. She fed formula to two of the elephants raised at Nairobi National Park and reached out to others, patting one’s back and stroking the ear of another.

She arrived in Nairobi Thursday evening for a landmark visit and was received by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The plane carrying the US First Lady, who is on the third leg of her first solo visit to four African countries, touched down shortly before 9.00pm Nairobi time.

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Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. Her first-ever visit to Africa is also her first extended solo international trip as first lady.

The US First Lady accompanied by her Kenyan counterpart will Friday will from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust head to State House for talks and later to the Kenya National Theatre where they will be treated to Kenyan creative cultural performances.

She also was expected to visit an orphanage and take in a children’s performance at Nairobi National Theater.

Egypt will be her final stop on her tour of the continent that focuses on child welfare, education, tourism, and conservation.

Also at the airport to receive the US First Lady was the US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and the Chief of Staff in the Kenyan First Lady’s Office Constance Gakonyo among others.

First Lady Melania Trump’s visit to Kenya follows a discussion she held with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at White House when the Kenyan First Lady accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta on a visit to Washington DC in August this year.

This was followed by an announcement by the US First Lady during a reception she hosted for delegates to the 73rd Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) where she confirmed her visit to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt.

The US First Lady will conclude her tour of Africa by visiting Egypt.

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