Melania Trump has arrived in Ghana to open her first major solo international trip as US first lady.

She landed in the capital Accra on Tuesday morning after an overnight flight from Washington and was welcomed to the West African nation with dancing and drumming and schoolchildren waving mini US and Ghanaian flags.

Ghana’s first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, welcomed her American counterpart.

Mrs Trump also accepted a bouquet of flowers from an eight-year-old girl before walking along a red carpet into an airport lounge for a brief meeting with Ms Akufo-Addo.

The US first lady plans to visit a hospital neonatal intensive care unit before going to the presidential palace for tea with Ms Akufo-Addo.

President Donald Trump’s wife plans to promote child welfare during the five-day, four-nation tour.

She will also visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.