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Reigning African First Ladies With Influence and Style

First ladies the world over remain the epitome of elegance, beauty and power. Even though they are seen to be less influential on matters of...

First ladies the world over remain the epitome of elegance, beauty and power. Even though they are seen to be less influential on matters of politics, these women are feared to have the most influence on their husbands. 

Not only do they make good use of their wifely prowess but they also set the stage for fashion and feminine beauty in their respective countries.

The case of Africa is no different! Our first ladies, past and present, have always been remembered for their choice of fashion, particularly on special national or political occasions. In fact, you dare not look more elegant than an African first lady during one of these events.

That being said, consider these seven elegant first ladies of Africa. Just the sight of them is going to cause your jaw to drop!

Chantal Biya of Cameroon
Known in Cameroon as the “Queen of Hearts,” Chantal Biya is and always has been the talk of the town in Yaoundé, the capital, and beyond! Most identified by her golden-red locks, this first lady never misses the snap of a camera at any national or international event!
Chantal Biya of Cameroon
With an avid taste for 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. Even though her taste for fashion exceeds that of any African first lady, First Lady Biya also finds herself actively involved in humanitarian activities. Some of her well-known charitable organisations are African Synergy and the Chantal Biya Foundation.

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

Considered one of the world’s top 10 most beautiful first ladies, Princess Lalla Salma adds a gracious touch to being first lady in Morocco. Upon tying the knot with the North African nation’s king, Salma was honoured with the title of “Lalla”, a traditional name given to women in high society and royalty. Salma is the first wife of a Moroccan king to be given a royal title.

Zeinab Suma Jammeh of the Gambia
With a touch of simplicity and graciousness, Zeinab Suma Jammeh is known in political circles as a very firm feminist who believes in the rights of women and girls. The marriage between Zeinab and Yahya Jammeh has been on the turf since President Jammeh annouced his marriage to an 18-year-old wife by the name of Alima Sallah. 
First lady of Gambia, Zeinab Suma Jammeh (photo:
First Lady of the Gambia, Zeinab Suma Jammeh. (Photo:
This beautiful queen profusely objected to the marriage and was later seen threatening a divorce.

Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of Kenya
This first lady above the age of 50, makes us know that age is never a barrier to glamour and beauty! She was thrust into the limelight after her husband, Uhuru Kenyatta was inaugurated as the president of Kenya in 2013. Although some political analysts describe her as reserved and somewhat shy, Margaret Kenyatta is well-respected for her engagement in efforts to reduce child-maternal mortality – a move that earned her recognition as the 2014 UN Person of the Year.

Ana Paula dos Santos of Angola
The wife of current President of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, this beautiful first lady and mother of three became actively involved in the support of landmine victims, founding the Lwini Fund for social solidarity. This charity is dedicated to the support of civilians, particularly women and children. dos Santos is best respected as the mother with a huge heart and sharp legal mind.

Aisha Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
The outstanding beauty of West Africa’s most recent first lady stems from many factors, one being that she is a cosmetologist and beauty therapist! She 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 tied the knot with her husband, President Muhamadu Buhari at the age of 18. They are blessed with five lovely children and a grandchild.

Hinda Deby Itno of Chad.

With such a glamorous beauty to behold, Hinda not only garners the respect of millions of Chadians but also the respect of her husband, the President Idriss Deby Itno. On countless occasion he has revealed that his wife assists him in running the nation’s affairs. Best known for her sense of style – flowing gowns and matching scarves – Hinda stands out as one of the most beautiful yet modest first ladies in Africa.

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