[ 2017-03-18 ]
Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, First Lady with Samira Bawumia, 2nd Lady of Ghana
Samira taking First Lady’s shine - Report
Wife of the Vice-President, Samira Bawumia, is
gradually taking the center stage and shine from
the First Lady, Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo,
some political watchers have observed.
The sexy, young and pretty Samira, who seems to
have comfortably warmed her way into the position
of Second Lady already, programme after every
programme, becomes the talk of the day with
beautiful designer outfits.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo, alias “Auntie Becky” who clocked
66 last Sunday, equally pretty, on the other hand,
is unable to beat the strong competition from
Samira, who once contested a beauty pageant.
Samira, who is in her 30s and has 4 children, rose
to the occasion in January, when she graced the
inauguration of Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia
her husband, as President and Vice-President,
The second family, who arrived at the Black Star
Square ahead of the First Family, got everyone
talking and stealing a glance, especially Mrs.
Bawumia’s fashion sense -wearing an African print
gown well sown to fit her curvy figure.
She nonetheless subsequently took over social
media and trended for many days, while President
Akufo-Addo, battled with the negative fallout from
the plagiarism issue.
The daughter of former Chairman of the Peoples
National Convention’s (PNC), Ahmed Ramadan, who
has her older siblings belonging to different
political parties, had her dress artistically
designed with beads combined with a yellow scarf
matching her headgear, got the people who were at
the ceremonial grounds, as well as those home
watching on the television, stunned.
Her makeup and the way she walked gorgeously, made
her stand out the entire occasion. She had a
modern Muslim touch to her dressing, which
eschewed fanaticism; she had abandoned her veil
meant for Muslim women, especially married ones.
As Social media was awash with her pictures and
pleasant comments from the political divide, same
could not be said about Auntie Becky, whose
seamstress was accused of not making her rise to
the unique occasion of her beloved husband’s
swearing-in as the fifth president of Ghana under
the Fourth Republic.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo’s Kente outfit, high-heeled shoe
made her looked tomboyish and military woman,
despite the assortment of jewelry to appear
Later that evening – Saturday January 7, at a
state dinner hosted by President Akufu-Addo for
heads of states and other dignitaries inside the
Flagstaff House, Mrs. Bawumia, did not fail in her
dressing, while Auntie Becky appeared to be lost
in the crowd.
Again, during the burial of the late Asantehemaa,
Samira, did not disappoint when she joined her
husband to Oseikrom. Pictures of her which
surfaced on social media, again stunned many at
the funeral grounds.
Some pictures seen by The Herald, portrayed a
lady, who is captivating everybody with her beauty
and good sense of fashion as she shook hands with
dignitaries, while dressed in a her black funeral
The latest was last Monday’s 60th Independence Day
celebration at the Black Star Square.
Samira who walked side by side with her husband,
smartly dressed in a light ash outfit laced with
Ghana’s cherished cloth Kente, instantly, became a
role model to some young women and the men too.
Most of the men said, she was the woman they want
to see in their wives, because she does not expose
her body, but always covered, yet attracts and
gets all the attention.
Unfortunately, some Muslims are not happy, because
she does not occasionally wear her veil as
prescribed by her religion.
They accused her of shunning her veil as a married
Muslim woman. The attack on her has largely been
on social media.
They argued that during the campaign, she wore the
veil wherever she went, but after becoming the
Second Lady, she has refused to be recognized as a
married Muslim woman.
In the heat of the 2016 campaign, Samira is on
record to have played a key role to ensure a New
Patriotic Party (NPP) victory.
At the least opportunity, Samira bashed the
Mahama-led government and was hailed by the
She became so comfortable in the “men only” game
that at every rally and programme held, she was
made one of the main speakers.
It is, therefore not surprising that she is making
her presence felt, even though she does not get
the chance to speak often.
She was made host of Joy FM’s morning programme,
Super Morning show on Wednesday to mark
International Women’s Day.
According to many who listened, they praised the
youngest second lady and jokingly recommended that
she take up a radio programme job.
She hosted the Electoral Commission chairperson,
Charlotte Osei, Madam Joyce Ayee and former
Finance Minister, Mona Quartey.
Samira, started her early education at the
Answarudeen Islamic School at Fadama in Accra,
before continuing to the Akosombo International
School (AIS) and then to Mfantsiman Secondary
School at Saltpond in the Central Region.
At the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology (KNUST), she read BA Social Science in
Law and Sociology and Technology.
At the Ghana Institute of Management and Public
Relations (GIMPA), where she completed with Mrs
Lordina Mahama, wife of former president John
Mahama, she was adjudged, the Best Student in
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Samira, who is a Fulani, is reported to speak Ewe,
Twi, Ga, Mamprusi, Fanti and English. She has a
human touch and easily blends with her peers, as
well as her environment.
Source - theheraldghana.com
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