Her visit comes months after Trump sparked global controversies in January about his alleged ‘shithole’ statement, claiming the U.S. was being flooded by immigrants from Africa and elsewhere.
The trip through Africa would be the farthest she had travelled on her own since becoming the first lady in January 2017, reports said.
She had visited many international destinations while accompanying Trump, which includes Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, France, Poland, Turkey, China, South Korea, Japan, England and Belgium.
Her only solo international trip was in September 2017 when she flew to Toronto for a day and joined Britain’s Prince Harry for an Olympic-style athletic competition he established for wounded service members and veterans.
A visit in March by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to five African countries, including Nigeria, was seen as repairing some of the damage caused by Trump’s comments.
Trump, however, sacked Tillerson just as he was wrapping up the trip.