The First Lady of any country is an example to follow both is fashion and in manners. All African First Ladies have different qualities and appearances, however, they all share aspiration to celebrate culture of their country.
1. Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta (Kenya)
Kenya’s first lady Margaret is popularly known for her elegant taste in cultural outfits. She has been photographed on several occasions rocking red Kenyan outfits. She also has a thing for African jewelry especially the Maasai cultural rings.
2. Chantal Biya (Cameroon)
Chantal was married to Cameroon President Paul Biya on 23 April 1994, after his first wife, Jeanne-Irène Biya, died in 1992. She is well known for her hairstyles with her signature style called the banane used for formal occasions. Biya has popularised other styles collectively known as the Chantal Biya. She is also known because of her exotic wardrobe comprised of high-end Western labels such as Chanel and Dior.
3. Ana Paula dos Santos (Angola)
A former fashion model, Ana Paula dos Santos knew her husband from her time as a flight attendant. She now has a degree in teaching and law, and is a member of the International Steering Committee. A diplomat once described the president and first lady as “a handsome couple, elegantly and expensively dressed, looking for all the world as though they’re living in southern California.”
4. Hinda Deby Itno (Chad)
Hinda Déby is considered the “new first lady,” or “fourth lady” of Chad. She is, however, well-loved, renowned for her beauty, and perhaps the best-known of the president’s wives. The fashionable and highly-educated Déby serves as her husband’s stenographer and “helps advise me with every single decision I make,” President Déby Itno is quoted saying.
5. Zeinab Suma Jammeh (Gambia)
Former First Lady of the Gambia and the main wife of the former President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, Zeinab has a great taste when it comes to office fashion wear.
6. Queen Inkhosikati LaMbikiza (Swaziland)
Queen Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, 3rd wife of King Mswati III and the first one to be personally chosen by the king himself, is the founder of the South-Africa based Lusito Charity Organization, whose aim is to provide financial assistance to the underprivileged. She is also the Director of the Swazi Royal Initiative to Combat AIDS .
7. Olive Lembe di Sita Kabila (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Marie Olive Lembe di Sita is the First Lady of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She was the long-term girlfriend of Congolese President Joseph Kabila whom she married on 17 June 2006, becoming her country’s First Lady. When it comes to fashion Olive has a great taste in locally made clothes.
8. Dominique Folloroux-Ouattara (Ivory Coast)
Dominique Claudine OUATTARA, was born Nouvian on December 16th, 1953 in Constantine. She is the second of a family of five children. As wife of Doctor Alassane OUATTARA, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, she is the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire and Founding President of Children Of Africa Foundation. She is the mother of two children, Loïc Folloroux and Nathalie Folloroux, BENJANI’s Bride.
9. Aisha Buhari (Nigeria)
Aisha Buhari has been described as the mother of the nation even though the office of the First Lady does not exist at the moment in Nigeria. She got married to President Muhammadu Buhari who already had five children from a previous marriage in 1989. Aisha Buhari is known to Nigerians as the wife of the president, a cosmetologist, a beauty therapist and and an author.
10. Princess Lalla Salma (Morocco)
Princess Lalla Salma is the wife of the King of Morocco, Mohammed the VI. She is the first wife of a Moroccan ruler to have been publicly acknowledged and given a royal title. Lalla Salma is both beautiful and smart. She holds a degree in engineering. Though the mother of three has a lot of influence in the government of Morocco, she prefers to keep a low profile. Instead, she supports different cancer associations and founded one of her own.