Prince Charles arrives in Ghana today

Tonya Becker
November 7, 2018

The Prince of Wales got a colourful welcome to Accra in Ghana when he was co-opted by a troop of traditional dancers.

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have arrived in Gambia for a three-day visit.

He said the United Kingdom remains committed to bolstering historic ties with the former British colony which returned to the Commonwealth last February, five years after withdrawing from the 54-member organization of mainly English-speaking nations.

"So, too, can we commit ourselves, together, to addressing with all urgency some of the most pressing challenges facing our world, such as climate change, resource depletion, youth unemployment and rapid urbanisation, and to do so by harnessing the remarkable professional expertise and experience upon which the Commonwealth and her member states can draw".

Prince Charles, who was accompanied by his wife Camilla, visited a medical research facility run by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an armed forces training centre, where Gambian troops are preparing for a peacekeeping mission in Sudan.

Barrow, who won a December 2016 election that Jammeh rejected, is attempting to rehabilitate Gambia's image overseas.

Prince Charles at the recently held commonwealth head of nations summit succeeded the Queen as head of the organization.

The royal couple is expected to visit Ghana before ending their trip in Nigeria on November 6 - 8.

No sooner had Mr Walker left Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall than the couple appeared with the Prince of Wales in front.

The Prince and The Duchess attended the Welcome Ceremony at Jubilee House where they met The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo. The last visit was by Princess Anne in 1990.

Jammeh took over The Gambia, the smallest country on land in Africa, in a military coup in 1994 and installed a structure of oppression.

He refused to step down, but was forced out the following month after other West African countries intervened militarily.

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