British PM, Theresa May comes to Africa for the first time

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May is on a three-day trip in the  African continent.


                                                             British PM,Theresa May   and   South African President,Cyril Ramaphosa

During her three day tour, the British diplomat will visit, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya considered the stronghold of the Commonwealth in the continent.

Theresa May started her working visit in South Africa this Tuesday 28th August 2018.

Her visit comes after five years a British PM set foot on the African Soil.

The main motive of the visit as explained by Mrs May will be to boost post-Brexit fortunes in Africa.

Mrs May added that the trip will be a unique opportunity at a time the United Kingdom (UK) is in difficult moment of her diplomacy.

During her first stop over in South Africa, Mrs May and the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa discussed amongst many other issues;

-Security threats in the continent, posed by Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups

-Reviewing trade between both countries and strengthening global partnership.

After the meeting, the two diplomats presented a World War I relic in relation to the disastrous maritime that occurred in the English waters.

Theresa May pledged to donate a sum of FCFA 4 billion pounds as support for the African economies, that will in turn contribute to the creation of jobs.

She also promised to link help strengthen the economic ties with South African-Mozambique, European Union and the United Kingdoms.

Mrs May highlighted the need for poverty reduction in Africa as a long term strategy for growth.

The British woman vowed to help play an important role in harnessing the innovation and creativity of the youths in Africa whose 60 per cent of the population consists of people of 25 years of age.

                        British PM,Theresa May visits some schools in South Africa

The female diplomat later paid a visit to the Robben Island where late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.

Her next visit is programmed this Wednesday 29th August 2018 in the West African country of Nigeria.

The British PM is scheduled to hold talks with the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital city of Abuja.

On Thursday 30th August 2018 Mrs May will fly East of Africa to meet with her counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya

A state dinner will be hosted by the Kenyan President to seal the official trip of the PM.

Just to note is the fact that May’s visit is the first in Kenya since late Margaret Thatcher’s visit in 1988.

Mrs May will leave Africa on Thursday 30th August 2018.

Ekane Metuge (Intern)



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