Some African First Ladies are stunning, charming, winsome and appealing. And on the plus side, they are highly educated, smart, and by many accounts as warm and gracious as they look. Above all, they seem to have marriages where both equality and love are a given.
Here are 7 of such African First Ladies listed in no particular order.
Chantal Biya of Cameroon
Chantal Biya has gained both national and international prominence. Popularly dubbed in Cameroon as the “Queen of Hearts,” the power playing lady is quite influential.
She is not just influential due to her position but also for her style. In any national or internal events, cameras always catch shots of her in her golden-red locks.
Due to her great taste in fashion and style, Chantal has most of her outfits custom-made as she has openly declared her love for world-class designers as Chanel and Dior.
Despite her taste for fashion surpassing that of other African first ladies, First Lady Biya also makes out time for humanitarian activities. She is actively involved in charity work and several of her famous charitable organisations are African Synergy and the Chantal Biya Foundation.
Zeinab Suma Jammeh of the Gambia
Zeinab Suma is the “official” first lady of Gambia. She is simple, stunning and bold. She is a strong feminist who believes that every woman has a right that should be protected. She showed her dedication to feminism when she protested against her husband Yahaya Jammeh after he took a younger (18-year-old), second wife named Alima Sallah in 2010.
During this period, Suma moved to the U.S. and threatened to divorce him unless he divorced the new wife. She succeeded as her husband divorced Alima Sallah in early 2011. Suma is the mother of the president’s two children.
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco is among the most stunning first ladies in the continent. She adds to her admirable position of being the first lady in Morocco with being stylish. She was given the name Lalla when she married the king of the North African nation – making her the first wife of the Moroccan king thus, given a royal title. Lalla is a traditional name which in the North African part of our continent is bestowed only on a high ranking female member of the society and/or of royalty.
Aisha Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
Aisha is one of the most recent first ladies in West Africa’ The first woman in Nigeria is not just pretty but also a career minded woman who went academically in the line of beauty therapy. A cosmetologist and beauty therapist, Aisha obtained a Diploma in Beauty and Therapy from the Carlton Institute of Beauty Therapy in the United Kingdom and is a member of the United Kingdom’s Vocational Training and Charitable Trust.
Aisha Muhammadu Buhari married her husband President Muhamadu Buhari at the age of 18 and they have five lovely children and a grandchild.
Ana Paula dos Santos of Angola
The First Lady of Angola is the wife of current President of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos. The magnificent woman with bright legal intellect is the mother of three. She supports landmine victims, and even established the Lwini Fund for social solidarity – NGO dedicated to give supports to civilians, especially vulnerable women and children. dos Santos is described by men as a woman who is remarkably stunning inside out.
Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of Kenya
Margaret is above the age of 50, but she didn’t let age cut her glow, glamour and style. She not only retained her youthful glow, she is also brilliant, vibrant and creative. As the wife of Uhuru Kenyatta who was inaugurated as the president of Kenya in 2013, she made it her concern to save other women by coming up with an initiative that will curb maternal deaths. Her engagement in efforts to reduce child-maternal mortality is a move that earned her recognition as the 2014 UN Person of the Year. To some political analysts, she is reserved and to some extent a shy person.
Hinda Deby Itno of Chad
Hinda, the first lady of Chad is another notable first woman with style in Africa. She is respected by millions of Chadians as well as her husband, President Idriss Deby Itno. The president has always expressed his fortunate situation of having such a wife who helps him in running the country effectively. Hinda is gorgeously graceful especially for always dressing in a uniquely flowing gown and matching scarves. Her sense of style makes her the most elegant and still a modest first ladies in Africa.
These African first ladies combine a perfect mix of beauty with intelligence. They have stood out for being supportive of their head of states husbands as well as championing different social courses in Africa for the advancement of Africans living in Africa. African First Ladies