May kicks off first Africa tour as British PM

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to visit Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya from Monday for the first time in order to forge new trade links for post-Brexit Britain. "Whether through creating new customers for British exporters or opportunities for British investors, our integrated global economy means healthy African economies are good news for British people as well as African people".

Last week Chancellor Philip Hammond warned in a letter that a no-deal Brexit could damage the economy.

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In a statement from the UK government, the trip to Africa and specifically Kenya will also be historic to both the United Kingdom and the East African nation.

Addressing the pupils at their assembly, accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, she told them she'd never been to South Africa before.

Security is featuring on her agenda, with the threat of Boko Haram in Nigeria and elsewhere in West Africa and the work of British troops in Kenya to help countries fight al-Shabaab militants in Somalia under consideration.

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It is also the first to Sub-Saharan Africa by a British leader since David Cameron in 2013 for Mr Mandela's memorial service.

"Because nations can not prosper without security, the prime minister will also use the visit to announce further support to tackle instability across the region", the statement read in part.

While in South Africa, May will present the Mendi bell - which was lost in a shipwreck in 1917, to President Ramaphosa in a ceremony at Cape Town.

In Nigeria, the British prime minister will meet President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and spend time in Lagos meeting victims of modern slavery.

She will wrap up her Africa tour in Kenya on Thursday with a meeting with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.

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