For the first time since becoming prime minister in 2016, Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May is preparing to visit Africa.
Mrs May will fly to South Africa on Tuesday before travelling to Nigeria and Kenya as part of a trade mission aimed at boosting post-Brexit fortunes.
The prime minister said the trip would be a “unique opportunity at a unique time for the UK”.
She added the UK wanted to “deepen and strengthen its global partnerships” as it prepared to leave the EU in 2019.
Mrs May will be accompanied to the three countries – all of them Commonwealth countries – by a 29-strong business delegation.
Security issues will also feature on her agenda and she is expected to discuss the threat of Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the role of British troops based in Kenya who are helping countries fight al-Shabab militants in Somalia.
Here’s her itinerary as shared by BBC:
Tuesday – Mrs May will fly into Cape Town where she will meet young people, before delivering a keynote speech on trade and how UK private sector investment can be brought into Africa.
After a bilateral meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, she is expected to visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
Wednesday – Mrs May intends to meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital Abuja before meeting victims of modern slavery in Lagos.
Thursday – In Kenya, Mrs May will meet president Uhuru Kenyatta before visiting British troops and a business school. A state dinner hosted by Mr Kenyatta will conclude the trip.