British Prime Minister, Theresa May, will this week make her first visit to Nigeria, as part of efforts aimed at boosting post-Brexit trade ties.
May, joined by several ministers and 29 business representatives from various industries, will also visit South Africa and Kenya during the three-day trip, Downing Street said Monday.
She will be the first British prime minister to set foot in Kenya since Margaret Thatcher in 1988.
The delegation will land in Cape Town on Tuesday, where May will meet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa as well as business leaders and young people.
She will use a speech on the opening day to set out how Britain can bolster its partnership with Africa, “particularly by bringing the transformative power of private sector trade and investment from the UK”, her office said.
May will then head to Nigeria on Wednesday for meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital, Abuja and later on, visit Lagos.
On Thursday she will meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, shortly after his return from seeing US President Donald Trump in Washington and before he travels to China to meet President Xi Jinping.
The prime minister will then see British troops in training action and tour a business school, before concluding the trip at a state dinner hosted by Kenyatta.
Among those joining May are representatives of the London Stock Exchange, the Scotch Whisky Association and manufacturing firm JCB.