Africa’s Most Stylish First Ladies

Whether it is through their love for African wear or internationally designed outfits, here is the list of top 5 stylish African First Ladies in no particular order.

1. Chantal Biya
Biya is Cameroon’s First Lady with an eccentric fashion sense. She is often rocking big hair don’t care hairstyles with the signature style known as banane and bold colours. She will often be spotted rocking clothes from international labels such as Chanel or Dior.


2. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba
She is the wife to President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and the First Lady. She is one of the most stylish first ladies often spotted rocking form fitting dresses and heels.

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3. Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

Princess Lalla is wife to Prince of Morocco, Mohammed VI and has been ranked as one of the most beautiful First Ladies we have in Africa. Not only is Lalla beautiful, she is also very stylish.



4. Ana Paula Don Santo

Ana is First Lady of Angola. She previously worked as a fashion model and later as an air hostess before her marriage to President Jose Eduardo Santos who is 18 years her senior.



5. Zeinab Suma Jammeh

Her Excellency is wife to Gambia’s President Yahya Abdul-AzizJemusJunkungJammeh . First Lady Jammeh is known for her sensible fashion style with the signature style of flowing gowns and scarves. She is famous for protesting her husband’s marriage to a second wife prompting him to get a divorce.

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Eto’o rediscovers scoring touch in Italy

Four-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto’o scored in Italy for the first time since the 2010-2011 season as Sampdoria defeated Cagliari 2-0 at the weekend.

The Cameroonian, who is in the twilight of an illustrious career, joined the Serie A outfit recently from English Premier League club Everton.

Eto’o struck 21 goals for then Serie A and European champions Inter Milan four seasons ago.


RUDY GESTEDE (Blackburn Rovers)

Blackburn were missing Josh King, scorer of a hat-trick against Stoke City in the previous round, for their FA Cup quarter-final at Liverpool, but his absence was scarcely noticed thanks to an uncompromising performance from Gestede. The bruising Benin international bullied Liverpool’s central defenders throughout, prompting manager Gary Bowyer to describe him as “unplayable”, and helped Blackburn take the tie to a replay after a 0-0 draw.

KOLO TOURE (Liverpool)

An early collision between Gestede and Martin Skrtel saw Toure pressed into action in the 11th minute at Anfield and the Ivory Coast international endured a mixed afternoon. He found the net for Liverpool and hit the post either side of half-time, only to be flagged offside on both occasions, while his loose pass resulted in a chance for Blackburn in the first half that saw Craig Conway shoot narrowly wide.

BROWN IDEYE (West Bromwich Albion)

West Brom’s record signing endured a day to forget as his side lost 2-0 at Aston Villa in the FA Cup quarter-finals. The Nigeria striker blazed a glorious early chance over the bar from an inviting Craig Gardner cross and also failed to beat Villa goalkeeper Shay Given with a diving header.

NABIL BENTALEB (Tottenham Hotspur)

Algerian midfielder Bentaleb was involved in one of the weekend’s most controversial incidents during Tottenham’s 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League. QPR were pushing for an equaliser late in the game when a shot from Charlie Austin appeared to strike Bentaleb on the arm inside the visitors’ penalty area, but referee Craig Pawson waved play on.


KALU UCHE (Levante)

Nigerian striker Uche scored his third goal in just six appearances since joining Levante in January to give them a vital 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Eibar and move them out of the relegation zone.



Injuries have ravaged Milan of late, but Muntari’s first appearance in four games was not a happy one. A first-half foul by the Ghanaian on Artur Ionita gave Luca Toni the chance to send Verona in front from the spot. Milan fought back from a Jeremy Menez penalty soon after and looked to be heading for a win after Panagiotis Tachtsidis turned into his own net from Philippe Mexes’s shot until Uruguayan Nico Lopez fired a last-gasp equaliser for the visitors.


Gervinho has been in less than spectacular form since returning from a triumphant campaign with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, but he is not alone at a goal-shy Roma. The striker helped create a chance for Juan Iturbe early on but notably shaved the post with a drive on the counter from midfield — one of several misses lamented by coach Rudi Garcia after his side’s remarkable run of draws stretched to eight in nine league games following a stalemate at Chievo.

SAMUEL ETO’O (Sampdoria)

Eto’o repaid his first start for the Genoa-based club with an impressive second-half strike to wrap up the points from a 2-0 win over Cagliari. It was Eto’o’s first goal in Serie A since the 2010-2011 season when he hit 21 league goals for then defending league champions and Champions League holders Inter Milan.


Mali defender Molla might not be the biggest name in Serie A, but he was being feted among the match heroes at Udinese after his 49th-minute header effectively secured the points for the northerners in a thrilling 3-2 win against on-form Torino. It was the 24-year-old’s maiden Serie A goal in his fourth appearance since joining from second division French outfit Caen at the start of the season.


ANDRE AYEW (Marseille)

The Ghanaian scored his third goal in four games since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations to help Marseille to a stunning 6-1 win at Toulouse that boosted their flagging title hopes.


The Algeria full-back scored his fourth goal of the campaign as Reims finally recorded a first Ligue 1 win of 2015 at the ninth attempt, beating Nantes 3-1 to move six points clear of the relegation zone.


The 20-year-old Gabon midfielder, who joined Lorient in January, was handed his first Ligue 1 start against Saint-Etienne but was sent off midway through the second half with the game still goalless. After his dismissal, Lorient conceded twice to slump to a 2-0 defeat.

MAX-ALAIN GRADEL (Saint-Etienne)

The Ivorian winger continues to look like Saint-Etienne’s most consistent attacking threat — he scored for the third league game in a row to secure the 2-0 win over Lorient that boosted his side’s European hopes.


The find of the season in France, Fekir won a penalty that was converted by Alexandre Lacazette and then scored two fine goals of his own to inspire Lyon to a 5-1 win at Montpellier that allowed them to end the weekend still on top of the table. Fekir is at the centre of a tug of war between Algeria and France, with both desperate for him to commit his international future to them.



He set up both of Max Meyer’s goals in Schalke’s 3-1 win over Hoffenheim. Choupo-Moting’s superb cross just before half-time saw Meyer drill home his shot before the Cameroon midfielder fired in a crisp pass which allowed Meyer to make it 3-0.


The Nigeria international produced a most unusual celebration after scoring Cologne’s final goal in a 4-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt by lifting Cologne mascot ‘Hennes’, a real goat, into the air by its horns. The 24-year-old has scored three goals in his last three games after netting nine times this season and finished off a Cologne counter-attack in the 82nd minute.

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3 Chad soldiers, 123 Boko Haram militants killed in Cameroon

Three soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed when the Islamist group attacked a Chadian army contingent in northern Cameroon, the Chadian military said Friday.

Twelve soldiers were wounded in the attacks staged by the Islamist group on Thursday and Friday in the Fotokol region, according to a military statement read out on national television.

The Chadian army has sent a convoy of troops and 400 military vehicles into neighbouring Cameroon to deal with the growing threat Boko Haram poses in the region.

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AFCON 2015: Cameroon earn late point against Mali in 1-1 draw

Cameroon salvaged a 1-1 draw against Mali in their African Nations Cup opener on Tuesday thanks to Ambroise Oyongo’s late equaliser in Malabo.

Oyongo netted six minutes from time to cancel out Sambou Yatabare’s second-half opener to leave all four sides in Group D level after Ivory Coast and Guinea drew 1-1 earlier on Tuesday.

“We got this result with our guts. We were tough mentally. Both teams had their moments,” Cameroon defender Nicolas Nkoulou told Canal Plus. “It’s a tough group so we will be content with this result.”

Chad votes to send troops to Cameroon, Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

Chad’s parliament voted Friday to send armed forces to Cameroon and Nigeria to fight Boko Haram a day after President Idriss Deby Itno announced his intention to join the fight against the Islamists. A convoy roared out of the city after Chad’s parliament voted to send armed forces to Cameroon and Nigeria to fight against the Islamists.

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya had announced Thursday that Chad President Idriss Deby had decided to send “a substantial contingent” of troops to help Cameroonian armed forces who have faced repeated attacks from Boko Haram.

A source close to the army said the force had begun preparing for departure on Thursday.

Earlier on Friday, Chad’s parliament in N’Djamena voted 150 to 0 to send an unspecified number of “Chadian armed troops and security forces to assist Cameroonian and Nigerian soldiers waging war against the terrorists in Cameroon and Nigeria”.

Boko Haram is fighting to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria along the border with Chad, Cameroon and Niger.


West Ham’s Song retires from Cameroon duty

West Ham United’s on-loan midfielder Alex Song has announced that he is retiring from international football with Cameroon with immediate effect.

The 27-year-old Barcelona player has not played for his country since being sent off against Croatia at last year’s World Cup and was left out of the squad for the this month’s Africa Cup of Nations.

He recently held talks with Cameroon Football Federation officials about his future with the national team, but has decided to withdraw from international duty.

“Since the World Cup in the summer and my subsequent exclusion from the Cameroon squad for the African Cup of Nations, I have taken the decision to retire from international football,” he said in a statement released to the British media late Tuesday.

“It is true that there were some discussions of late to include me in the squad for this tournament, but I feel after a lot of careful thought and numerous discussions with my family this is the right decision.

“My love for my country will never change, but I want to take time to focus purely on domestic football and start to rebuild my career at West Ham United. I wish Cameroon all the best and the team will always be in my heart.”

Song failed to hold down a first-team place at Barcelona after signing from Arsenal in 2012, but he has impressed since joining West Ham on loan in August.

Song, the cousin of former Cameroon international Rigobert Song, made his international debut against Morocco in November 2005 and has won 49 caps.

On his last appearance, he was shown a straight red card for elbowing Mario Mandzukic in the back as Cameroon crashed to a 4-0 group-stage defeat against Croatia at the World Cup.

Song was given a three-match ban, meaning he missed Cameroon’s final match of the competition against Brazil.

Nigerian troops cross border after Boko Haram clashes

Some 480 Nigerian soldiers have crossed into Cameroon following fierce fighting with Boko Haram militants.

Reports claimed that the troops had joined thousands of citizens fleeing the fighting, but Nigeria said they were conducting a “tactical manoeuvre”.

Clashes are said to be continuing in the border town of Gamboru Ngala.

Boko Haram on Sunday released a video claiming that it had established an Islamic state in the towns and villages it controls in north-eastern Nigeria.

The group’s five-year insurgency has intensified in recent months despite the deployment of thousands of extra troops to the worst-affected areas.