becomes the first British leader to visit
sub-Saharan Africa in five years, making a three-day
trip that includes meetings with the presidents of
South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.
minister will bring a trade delegation with her in
an attempt to boost Britain’s post-Brexit export
Although her visit comes at a time when the
British government has been accused of a paying
insufficient attention to the region.
LAST TIME A
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER VISITED
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA WAS IN DECEMBER 2013
The last time a British prime minister visited
sub-Saharan Africa was in December 2013 when David
Cameron attended Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
May has never visited sub-Saharan Africa. Her
only previous trip to the continent was a visit to
Tunisia in 2015 in the aftermath of the Sousse hotel
Speaking ahead of her flight to South Africa on
Monday evening, the prime minister said:
"Africa stands right on the cusp of playing a
transformative role in the global economy" and that
"a more prosperous, growing and trading Africa is in
all of our interests.