Abrar Hussain: Theresa May is reportedly preparing to visit Africa, the first time since becoming prime minister in 2016.
She is scheduled to fly to South Africa today before travelling to Nigeria and Kenya as part of a trade mission.
The trip would be a “unique opportunity at a unique time for the UK”, said May, adding that the UK wanted to “deepen and strengthen its global partnerships” as it prepared to leave the EU in 2019.
May will be accompanied to the three countries by a 29-strong business delegation.
Security issues will also feature on her agenda and she is expected to discuss the threat of Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the role of British troops based in Kenya who are helping countries fight al-Shabab militants in Somalia.