Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Melania Trump’s white hat in Africa lands her in ‘colonial’ controversy

Article Image Melania Trump criticised for wearing 'colonialist' pith helmet on Kenyan safari
Herman Weaver | 06 October, 2018, 22:43

President Trump earlier tweeted: "Our country's great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa".

After the elephant feeding, she added the pith helmet to her outfit, and social media began to light up.

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She was welcomed by Egyptian First Lady Intissar Amer al-Sisi, an observant Muslim who wore an ankle-length blue dress and matching headscarf covering her hair.

Mrs Trump will be accompanied at the national theatre by Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

US First Lady Melania Trump held talks in the Egyptian capital Saturday on the final leg of a solo four-nation tour of Africa that will also see her visit the Pyramids.

Trump's trip, which took her to Ghana and Malawi as well, has also focused on children - one expressed objective of the trip was to promote her "Be Best" campaign, which promotes "encouragement, kindness, compassion and respect" among kids.

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Ms Trump's focus on wildlife stands in contrast to efforts by her husband to lift a ban on some elephant trophy imports, which created a public outcry previous year.

"When people think of Africa, they have these standard narratives", Dionne said.

Many onlookers saw Trump's choice of the pith helmet as a symptom of a larger issue.

First lady Melania Trump takes photos with her phone during a safari at Nairobi National Park. "Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't, but I have my own voice and my opinions and it's very important for me that I express what I feel".

"I am honoured to meet the honourable lady, the wife of the American president, in Cairo tomorrow, and to wish her a successful and happy stay in her second country, Egypt", she wrote in Arabic.

She toured Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt. She came here without Donald Trump and has managed to avoid some of the more uncomfortable situations that previous visitors have faced: President George W Bush encountered elephants mating when he embarked on a safari in Botswana.

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