US First Lady Melania Trump arrives in Ghana on solo African trip

Trump was welcomed by a troupe of traditional drummers and dancers

The wife of the President of the United States of America, Melania Trump has arrived in Accra for a 5-day African trip.

Her son, Barron, did not accompany her on the trip.

The visit is being organised in partnership with the United States Aid Agency (USAID) and will involve the four countries, described by Mrs Trump as "four lovely and very different countries in Africa", who have worked closely with the USAID in various areas.

The first lady will promote the "Be Best" initiative which covers issues of children's well-being during her tour. She will head to Kenya, Malawi and wrap up the visit in Egypt.

A relaxed-looking Trump smiled and waved as she stepped off an overnight flight from Washington to be met on the red carpet by her Ghanaian counterpart Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

She is the first naturalized and second foreign-born U.S. citizen to become the First Lady, after Louisa Adams, wife of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams. Akufo-Addo was at the airport to welcome her.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the Africa tour is close to her heart.

"Congratulations", the first lady said as she handed a blanket and teddy bear to a mother breastfeeding her child.

USAID and the U.S. Department of State provided more than $8 billion in assistance to 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015.

She has been reluctant to hold Donald Trump's hand a few times and seemed far happier at Barbara Bush's funeral where her bonhomie with former President Barack Obama was far more exuberant.

During that visit, Barack Obama gave a speech to parliament saying "Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions".

Ghana is seen as a haven of stability in an often turbulent region but despite the interest back home, the first lady's visit did not appear to have generated similar fervour locally.