The real Aisha Buhari, the woman who melts the heart of the president of the world’s most populous black nation, is the second wife of General Muhammadu Buhari following his divorce from his first wife, Safinatu in 1988. They married in 1989, and have five children.
Here are some of the best kept secrets of Aisha Buhari (February 17 1971)
- Her grandfather, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu was Nigeria’s first Minister of Defence. Her father was a civil engineer while her mother is a descendant of the Ankali family, renowned farmers and textile giants.
- She was born in Adamawa State where she went to primary and secondary school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University(ABU) and a master’s degree in International Affairs and Strategic Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna. She is currently undertaking a Counselling Course on Co-Dependency in the United Kingdom.
- Prior to acquiring her higher degrees, Mrs. Buhari had earlier pursued a career in Beauty and fashion. For years, Mrs. Buhari has run a successful business as the Founder/Managing Director of Hanzy Spa and Principal of Hanzy Beauty Institute, a Beauty salon in Kaduna and Abuja.
- She obtained a Diploma in Beauty Therapy from the Carlton Institute of Beauty Therapy, Windsor, United Kingdom and specialized in Permanent Make-up, Mesotherapy and Micro-dermabrasion. She holds a post-graduate diploma in cosmetology and beauty from Academy Esthetique Beauty Institute of France. She is a member of the United Kingdom Vocational Training and Charitable Trust and the International Health and Beauty Council.
- Aisha is a Resource Person to the National Basic Technical Education (NBTE) on Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology and has participated in the curriculum development of Small Medium Enterprises for NBTE. Aisha closed her beauty salon following the emergence of her husband, Buhari as President of Nigeria.
- She has since published a book “Essentals of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Specialists” which has been recommended as a text for the NBTE curriculum.
- She is also a philanthropist as evidenced by the donation of proceeds from her book to parents of the Chibok girls, the Buni yadi boys murdered in 2014 and children suffering from Malnutrition.
- Aisha Buhari is a vocal advocate of women’s rights and children rights and this was a focal point during her campaign for her husband’s election in 2015. She has, on several occasions, emphasised the need for young girls to get Primary and Secondary school education before getting married, saying that she believes no girl should get married before the age of 17. In May 2015, on the sidelines of the Global Women Conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she stressed the need for Nigerian laws that will protect the women from forced early marriages, sex trafficking and other issues Nigerian girls and women contend with. She raised concerns on Child sexual abuse in Nigeria, sex trafficking and the need for Legislation against early marriage.
Daniel Fayemi for encomium.ng