At the beginning of her week-long visit of Africa, Kamala Harris, the vice president of the United States, was welcomed with shouts by schoolchildren, dancers, and drummers at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport on Sunday.
In light of the global competition over the continent’s future, the purpose of her visit is to fortify American ties with it.
Harris emphasized her excitement for the trip, saying that it strengthens the long-lasting ties and camaraderie between Americans and Africans.
She was greeted with American and Ghanaian flags and a performance of traditional dancing; in response, she grinned widely and put her palm on her heart.
Harris wants to use her trip to support the continent’s economic development and food security as well as to personally observe the innovation and creativity that are being displayed there.
What a privilege it is to be in Ghana and on the African continent, she exclaimed. “I’m really optimistic about Africa’s future.”
She was with her husband, Douglas Emhoff, as well as other US government representatives.