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Monday, October 02, 2017

Unforgetable First Ladies Of Style...

First Ladies Of Style, 1960-2017 

1.Aisha Buhari

She is the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In her forties, Buhari’s style is modern and fresh. Even though her mode of dressing is conservative and stays true to her religious beliefs, she nonetheless likes to keep up with the latest fashion.

People find her style attractive because she does a good mix of traditional and western fashion. Without overstepping the bounds of acceptable dressing, she loves heavily embroidered fabrics, costly accessories that include diamonds and other precious metals. This way, she leaves an indelible impression wherever she goes.

2.Patience Jonathan

One of Nigeria’s most popular former first ladies, Dame Patience Jonathan’s colourful style ensured that she did not evade notice.

According to a former beauty queen, Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Patience Jonathan’s native attire always ensured she looked different in a good way. She says, ‘‘Because she used to wear a lot of traditional wear, she loved to wear gele on her head. I love the fact that she often wore Niger Delta attire even when she travelled abroad on official trips. It was interesting to see how much effort and time she put into looking glamorous at all times.’’

3.Turai Yar’Adua

Hajia Turai Yar’ Adua is the widow of former president, Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua and served as the first lady of Nigeria from 2007 until her husband’s death in May 2010.

A mother of seven; five daughters and two sons, Yar’ Adua was simple, yet stylish while she was in office. She is often dressed in Ankara pieces, kaftans and turbans and scarves to cover her head as a devout Muslim. She wore dainty but expensive jewellery.

4.Stella Obasanjo

She was the wife of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and was Nigeria’s first lady when he became the civilian president in 1999. Before her death on October, 23, 2005; a week to her 60th birthday, Obasanjo was regarded as a style icon as a result of her stylish ensembles while in office. Known for her love for sunshades which came in various hues, she wore a lot of statement pieces such as Ankara pieces, skirt suits and her traditional attire synonymous with the Edo people where she hailed from.

5.Justice Fati Abubakar
Often described as one of Nigeria’s unique first ladies, she is married to Major General Abdulsalami Abubakar(retd.) who was Nigeria’s military head-of-state from June, 9, 1998, to May, 29 1999. To many, Justice Fati Abubakar is simplicity personified and this is reflective in her sense of style. A lover of the traditional aso oke apparel, Abubakar has a unique way of tying her headgear to look like a turban and many fashion lovers have since emulated her in that wise. She is a lover of boubous and kaftans as well, Abubakar complements her clothes with minimal jewellery.

6.Margaret Shonekan
Chief Mrs. Margaret Shonekan is the wife of the Nigeria’s Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan. With looks that bellies her age, Shonekan is stylish and trendy in her own right. Whether she is wearing a corporate wear or opts for traditional attire, she is not found wanting in the style department. Her choice of jewellery also complements what she wear at every point in time, making her the cynosure of all eyes.

7.Maryam Abacha

Born on March, 4, 1945 in Kaduna, Maryam Abacha is the widow of former military ruler, Sani Abacha and she was able to bring a bit of glitz and glamour to the office of the first lady. She is usually garbed in native northern traditional wears which come in an array of wrappers, blouses and kaftans. While in office, Abacha was noted for her love for fine jewellery which she adorned with most of her clothes. Blessed with good looks, she was able to make fashion statements all the time.

8.Maryam Babangida

Unarguably one of Nigeria’s most stylish first ladies, Hajiya Mariam Babangida who was married to former military head of state, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida revolutionised the office of the first lady during her time. Describing her sense of style, notable fashion designer, Funmi Ajila-Ladipo said that Mrs. Maryam Babangida, of blessed memory, was a pacesetter in all ramifications. ‘‘In the first place, she was a woman of style, one who had a very bold physique as well. Her stature was really elegant so whatsoever she put on often suit her perfectly and a lot of women looked up to her at that particular time and they were picking styles from her. They were just following the lead. She was not a complicated individual but she was very stylish nonetheless. She was elegant, stylish and expensive.’’ she used a lot of the traditional aso oke to create fantastic styles.

9.Safinatu Buhari

She was the first wife of Nigeria’s current president, Muhammadu Buhari and served as the country’s first lady while he was the military head of state. She wore traditional attire reflective of her geo-political zone. It was common place to find her adorn wrappers and blouses as well as headgear, in addition to the hugely popular Ankara fabric which was sewn into an array of styles. Not known for heavy jewellery, she kept her taste minimal, which endeared her to many. In 1988, Buhari and Safinatu divorced. She died on January 14, 2006, having battled diabetes mellitus for eight years at the age of 53.

10.Esther Oluremi Obasanjo

She is often credited as the first wife of Nigeria’s former military head of state, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. They got married on June 22, 1963, at Camberwell Green Registry, South East London when she was just 21. As first lady , Obasanjo’s sense of style was elegant in a subtle manner. She mixed and matched clothes plus accessories with precision. Her favourite mode of dressing was traditional wear with simple jewelry.

11.Ajoke Muhammed

A dental therapist by profession, Ajoke Muhammed is the widow of late General Murtala Muhammed.

With a penchant for flowing gowns popularly known as booboo, Muhammad complements this with stylish scarves and headgear. Being a devout Muslim, she does not expose her hair. One remarkable thing about Mrs. Muhammed which stands her out is her choice of fabrics which is very exquisite and unique and almost everybody would agree with that assertion.

12.Victoria Gowon

She married ex-military ruler, Gen.Yakubu Gowon(retd.) in 1969. She is a trained nurse Her husband was the former head of state (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. As first lady, Victoria Gowon was very reserved and epitomised simplicity. This was often reflected in her choice of clothing- traditional attire such as wrappers which she paired with blouses. She also wore a lot of dresses. She owned her style and stayed true to it hence earning the admiration of many.

13.Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi

In 1953, she married Nigeria’s former military head of state, Lt.Gen. Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi . In a significant manner, Aguiyi-Ironsi brought glitz and glamour to her office. Her style was pretty and effortlessly regal. She favoured traditional wear and she had them in abundance. She had the quality of being fashionable even though she was more interested in comfort.

14.Flora Azikiwe

Her husband, who was usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikiwe or Zik, was one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism and the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. Her style was reflective of her roots and consisted of the eastern Nigeria attire- double wrapper and blouse. Occasionally, she wore western attire and loved to show off her kinky hair. Whenever she was not wearing a headscarf, she would opt for Afro, a reigning hairstyle in the 60s. During her time as First Lady, she was not big on jewellery.

Source: Punch


  1. Replies
    1. So what should we do with this information???

    2. I sincerely don't understand how Patience made this list. Mtcheeeeew
      Please oooo, is Buharis wife in her 40s?

  2. Patience Jonathan in the list of first ladies of style! No way. Maryam Bababgida and late Stella Obasanjo! Yes.

    1. I miss Pretty Stella Obasanjo. But it was alleged she died trying to get more beautiful.

    2. Oho! Patience ke? Where and how?
      Stella OBJ was stylish. And so was Maryam Babangida (heard that one was a stunner)

  3. Style?
    How did that improve the lives of the average Nigerian woman?
    Is it the "better life for rural women?"
    Or the "cosmetic surgeries abroad?"
    What legacy did any of these women bequeath to the Nigerian women and their kids?
    Why celebrate profligacy?

    1. "Better women for affluent lifestyles" using stolen funds.

  4. It would have been my captivating to read if there pictures were opinion

  5. So many pretty first ladies

  6. Mrs Babagngida was the Woman that set the Pace for the other Nigerian first Ladies in terms of fashion. She re-defined the Office of the First Lady.

    That woman was a fashion icon.

    Rest in peace Madam...

    1. True @sexy daddy. My mum said she encouraged women to come out of the kitchen and gave the first lady office a face lift

  7. Stella takes the lead

  8. Marian Babangida was the ish when it comes down to first ladies. Such poise n elegance with so much simplicity.

  9. Stella and Patience are the only Christians. Just shows that Northern Moslems have ruled this country for years and brought no improvement

  10. Mariam Babangida was a style icon,she made that position enviable with her stylishness and class.
    Black Ebony Beautiful woman,continue to rest in peace Ma'am.

  11. Stella OBJ was exceptional though.. But her make up could consume full package of Mary kay lolzz... May her soul rest in peace


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