BEAUTY MEETS POWER, AFRICA’S ELEGANT FIRST LADIES

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“When it comes to picking the ‘mother’ of the nation, African leaders make the best choices, to them it’s a matter of life and death, some have gone a step further to ‘import’. If they were making the same choices when formulating policies……”

It might not be written in any power books such as 48 laws of power but it seems common sense amongst our Heads of state dictates that behind any powerful African head of state there must be a beautiful woman. Your looks and sense of fashion must be top notch so as to bring more votes to the ballot when time comes. Some of them go a step further to ‘import’ or is it marrying foreign beauties in the spirit of bringing African states together through removing ‘colonial’ created boundaries that. Below are the most elegant first ladies;

Dr_Issoufou_Lalla_Malika-Niger
Dr_Issoufou_Lalla_Malika-Niger

Lalla Malika Issoufou ; 43 year old Nigerien doctor is the second wife to Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou. The mother of three shares the position of first lady with Mahamadou Issoufou first wife Aissata Issoufou. Known for her philanthropic activities across Niger being the patron of close to 40 welfare groups that focus on health, education rights of women and children. She is the President of Tattali Iyali foundation an NGO that provides food to members of the Nigerien Armed Forces alongside their families during the holy month of Ramadan.

 

Princess Lalla Salma - Morocco
Princess Lalla Salma – Morocco

Princess Lalla Salma; her beauty isn’t arguable no wonder she is the first wife of a Moroccan ruler to be publicly acknowledged and given a royal title. The 39 year old mother of two is the wife to the King of Morocco, Mohammed the VI. An engineer by profession she has worked for ONA group as an informational services engineer. She engages in charitable activities most notable cancer prevention and treatment, rumors are rife that she may be divorcing the King after they failed to celebrate their 16th anniversary on March 21st though other sources attribute they weren’t able to celebrate it due to the king’s condition after he had a heart operation in paris a few weeks ago.

Hinda-Deby-Itno Chadian First Lady
Hinda-Deby-Itno Chadian First Lady

Hinda Deby Itno; wife to Chad’s President Idriss Deby Itno the 38 year old first lady is known for her reputed beauty, signature gowns matched with scarves. Married in 2005, her marriage is viewed as a political arrangement to help consolidate power when under pressure from rebels during the 2005-2010 Chadian Civil war considering the ethnic alignments in the country.

Sylvia Bongo Ondimba , Gabonese first lady
Sylvia Bongo Ondimba , Gabonese first lady

Sylvia Bongo Ondimba ; Married to Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba for close to 30 years. The 55 year old mother of four is known for her philanthropic activities when it comes to helping the less privileged around the world through her foundation. She holds a corporate management degree from France and is the deputy managing director of Gabon’s largest real estate firm, Immobilier where she is incharge of marketing and economic development.

Dominique Folloroux Outtara, First lady Côte d’Ivoire
Dominique Folloroux Outtara, First lady Côte d’Ivoire

Dominique Folloroux Outtara– the 65 year old Algerian born and French educated mother of two is married to Côte d’Ivoire president Doctor Alassane OUATTARA. Don’t worry about her name and age as they have nothing to do with her beauty. An accomplished business woman who dropped all her business ventures to focus on her roles as the first lady through her Children of Africa Foundation. She is the President of the National Monitoring Committee of Actions in the Fight against Child Trafficking, Exploitation and Labor whose mission is to monitor and evaluate the actions of the Ivorian Government in the fight against child exploitation.

Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, first Lady Madagascar
Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, first Lady Madagascar

Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina; the mother of two is the wife of Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina. An advocate for the inclusion of Malagasy women in productive economic activities through her efforts in lobbying investors to create jobs for them especially in textile, agriculture and arts . Her extravagance when it comes to fashion is unrivalled as she attended National celebrations day donning a white and green,pineapple themed Dolce & Gabbana dress estimated to cost 20 million Malagasy Ariary which is approximately $7,745 US Dollars in a contry where 92 percent of the population are

poor.

Chantal Biya , First Lady Cameroon
Chantal Biya , First Lady Cameroon

Chantal Biya; married to Cameroonian strongman Paul Biya at the age of 23 in 1994 two years after the death of his first wife Jeanne-Irene Biya. Her mother Rossette Ndungo won the Doume pageant a clear indication that she comes from a lineage of beauties. Well known for her ‘banane’ signature hairstyle during formal occasions. Her wardrobe taste is exotic as she only wears an attire once. Among her favorite designers are high-end western labels such as Chanel and Dior.

Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta, First lady Kenya
Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta, First lady Kenya

Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta; the 54 year old mother of three known for her signature short hair and athleticism which she has constantly displayed during her beyond zero campaign marathons which helped raising funds to reduce child maternal mortality rates.

 

 

 

Olive Lembe di Sita Kabila, First lady Democratic Republic of Congo
Olive Lembe di Sita Kabila, First lady Democratic Republic of Congo

Olive Lembe di Sita Kabila; At 41 she is one of the youngest first ladies in the continent. The mother of one is the wife to Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila. She is an embodiment of both beauty and fashion depicted by her love for locally made clothes.

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