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Photos look back at first ladies’ Africa trips, where Melania’s headed

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first ladies africaFormer first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush on trips to Africa.Charles Dharapak/AP, Mike Hutchings/Reuters

First lady Melania Trump is planning her first big solo international trip through several African countries in October.

The first lady said it will be her first time in Africa and she is excited “to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history.”

African countries have been a popular destination for first ladies on goodwill tours that sometimes bring aid or attention to the continent.

Though the White House didn’t announce a particular project for the trip, it will be a high-profile chance for Trump to branch out on her own.

Take a look at the last four first ladies’ time in Africa:

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