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Melania Trump Embarks on Her Solo Tour of 'Several African Countries'—Twitter Reacts

The first lady arrived in Ghana this morning, and folks aren't enthused.

In August, it was announced that first lady, Melania Trump would be making her way to "several countries in Africa" as her first solo tour since that man she married took office, to supposedly promote healthcare and education programs ran by US foreign aid organizations.

She touched down in Accra, Ghana this morning, the first stop on her week-long tour of the continent, which will also includes stops in Kenya, Malawi and Egypt where she'll go to "foster diplomatic relations," BBC Africa reports. She was welcomed by first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo and the two exchanged gifts, adds ABC News.

She'll also be implementing her Be Best program aimed at tackling cyberbullying, which is just really ironic considering she lives with the biggest cyberbully in the world. It's also strange that we're somehow supposed to believe that someone complicit in Trump's baleful treatment of immigrant children in the United States would care about African children.

Nonetheless, the first lady says she's "interested in Africa because she has never been before and knows that each country will have its own unique history and culture."


There's an overall sense of skepticism around her trip and her motivations—and rightfully so. Given the administration she represents, her trip does not appear promising.

BBC News Africa recently collected reactions to her visit from people on the ground, and they were mostly unenthusiastic with the exception of few. Check it out below to hear what folks from Ghana, Egypt and Kenya had to say.

Many folks on Twitter have shared similar feelings about Melania's visit. They're not here for it.









People are also pointing out the weird conspiracy coincidence that Kanye West also announced that he'll be taking a trip to "the place known as Africa" to finish his upcoming album the same week that Melania embarked on hers.

Just why?

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The Gorillaz Enlist Fatoumata Diawara for New Track 'Désolé

A stunning collaboration that we didn't even know we needed.

The Gorillaz enlist none other than Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara for their latest single "Désolé," the second single from the hit-making British band's Song Machine installation project.

"Making Désolé with Fatou was a real moment for me, you know," the band's drummer Russel Hobbs is quoted as saying in a statement via Pitchfork. Désole translates to "sorry" in French, but despite it's apologetic title, the song is a laid-back groove, elevated by vocals from lead singer Damon Albarn and Diawara, who sings in English, French and Bambara.

"She's an African Queen," Russel adds. "This lady made the song what it is, beautiful, like life. What can I say about Désolé? They say sorry is the hardest word, but that's not true.... Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten free cronuts on a speed boat without licking your lips."

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz x Tanasha, Sauti Sol, Rayvanny, Sheebah, Victoria Kimani and more.

February has been dominated by familiar voices in East African music.

Here are our picks of the best East African songs of the month featuring Diamond Platnumz, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Zlatan Reflects on 'Life' on Heartfelt New Track

Watch the music video for the Nigerian artist's latest.

Nigerian artist Zlatan gets pensive on his latest track "Life."

The song is a departure from the Zanku (Leg Work) singer's usual dance-worthy style. Instead, the slow-paced anthem sees him reflecting on his rise, and making it as an artist against all odds. "My life changed in one day," sings the artist on the hook.

The video, directed by Hassan Al Raae, features a different setting for the artist as well, as the artist appears at a skiing resort surrounded by snow, which provides a crisp backdrop for the track's hopeful message.

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