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.
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump laid a wreath at a 17th-century slave fortress in Ghana on Wednesday, vowing never to forget where Africans were held before being shipped away into further hardship, most across the Atlantic.
But there were signs that the soft diplomatic push was yet to take off locally, as comparisons were drawn to the visit of former USA president Barack Obama and his family in 2009. Mr. Obama said it was a reminder of "the capacity of human beings to commit great evil".
As Trump entered the chief's permission ceremony, which last approximately 15 minutes, she was greeted by a seven-year-old girl in native dress who handed her a bouquet of flowers.
"There are a lot of people (in Ghana) who are extremely indifferent about this visit", political commentator Etse Sikanku told AFP.
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Melania Trump holds a baby during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra.
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"It's very emotional", she said. It's hard to forget, mostly because of that less-than-subtle message scrawled across the back: "I really don't care do u?"
Melenia Trump's visit to Africa could be made hard because of the past actions and words of her husband.
Upon arrival in Nairobi, she will be expected to visit State House as her first stop.
Seated in a chair next to Chief Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II, who was on his ornate throne, Trump spoke softly, smiling as she told the tribal leader: "Thank you very much for your warm welcome".
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.
Trump is also scheduled to visit Kenya, Malawi, and Egypt where she will discuss her Be Best campaign to raise awareness of cyberbullying. The event was a historic one as the king invited two disabled students, one visually impaired and one deaf, from a nearby school to attend the ceremony with the first lady.
Afterward, the first lady tweeted: "Day two in #Ghana was so impactful".