The role of the African First lady continues to be the subject of debate across the continent. Although not directly elected, they occupy offices attached to that of their husbands. The office of the First Lady is one that resonates across Africa.
These women are the president’s better half, ‘mothers of the nation’ – they are often called. Rightly so, because they complete the ‘father of the nation’ – the man chosen by majority of the voter population to steer the affairs of state.
Some are visible and powerful (politically), others are controversial. Some you hardly ever see but on campaign platforms, others go about their humanitarian activities. In the case of Uganda, the first lady is a cabinet minister.
As part of our review of the 2017 news year, we put the spotlight on the political presidential showing that First Ladies made, with emphasis on when their husbands were being sworn into office.