The First Lady of any country is often under much scrutiny for how she represents her husband, herself and her country. Most often she is looked at for how she carries herself, what causes she is supporting and her personal sense of style. An entire nation often has their eyes fixated on what she will wear. Well, in Ghana, it seems the people are much more interested in the fashion sense of the second lady, Samira Bawumia.
When President Nana Akufo-Addo was inaugurated on January 7, 2017, there was so much talk about what was worn by Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia’s wife. More attention was paid to her attire than that of the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo. The mood was exactly the same for the celebration of Ghana’s 60th anniversary of Independence on March 6,2017. All eyes were on Samira.
Samira did something unexpected and has had many people talking. She combined her headscarf with a handmade fascinator by a Ghanaian brand HatBoxCo. A combination most have never seen before and was quite befitting of her high fashion yet demure way of dress. I’m sure she set a trend in Ghana with that combo. The dress, by Pistis, was beige with a pink, blue and green kente fabric contrasting at the sleeves, from the knees down and in the slit at the back of her dress.
As a Muslim she does her best to remain covered while showing the world you don’t have to expose a lot of skin to be admired for your fashion sense. Unfortunately, as celebrated as she has been by most of the population for what she wears, many Muslims (who make up 17% of Ghana’s population), were not impressed and had some harsh words for the Second Lady. Social media was ablaze with both the positive and negative. But it seems the good words far outweighed the bad.
What do you think of her personal style?