First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo is a woman who needs no or little introduction after capturing the hearts of Ghanaians with her beauty and charm just like she did with President Nana Addo some 20 years ago.
Ever since Mrs Akufo-Addo and her husband stepped into the Flagstaff house as Ghana’s first couple after Inauguration day,a lot of attention has gone into what, who and where she wears clothes. With the help of a proactive social media team, the woman who is sometimes referred to as the “Mother of the Nation” feeds Ghanaians with her contemporary yet traditional way of rocking her wax fabrics (also known as Ntoma in the local dialect)
A daughter of Justice Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph, the speaker of Parliament during the third republic, she may have come into close contacts with ladies in government and society including the then First lady, Mrs. Fulera Limann whose influence on her fashion cannot be overemphasized.
Subsequently working at the Merchant Bank in Ghana before relocating to the United Kingdom as a legal secretary to two multinational companies, Clifford Chance and Ashurst Morris Crisp, Lady Rebecca would have learnt a thing or two about how to dress in the corporate world and copped a few fashion rules in the process.
After almost, 17 years, she has finally unseated another style icon and Ghanaian first lady, Mrs Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings as the most fashionable first lady in the country’s history. Chief among her public looks include Maxi dresses as well as Kaba and Slits which comes alongside a variety of mind-blowing designs
Whiles many think that fashion is just about wearing clothes, the woman who has been described by the President as passionate, hardworking and kind is growing the Ghanaian economy with every clothe or accessory she buys from a local designer.
It’s been only six months since she became first lady but this move has also gone a long way to propel the brands she wears unto the national and global scene especially as the current administration tries to encourage Ghanaians to patronize made in Ghana goods through the #WearGhana initiative and celebrate our culture.
Below are 10 photos of her in African prints that have captured many Ghanaian hearts
1. When she sizzled in a Kente creation by VH mode to the 2017 inauguration
Nana and I are deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve you as your President and First Lady respectively. We are also deeply humbled by the enormity of the task ahead. We understand that turning this country around will not be an easy feat, however we draw inspiration from the people's desire for change and the people's desire to be the change. That change is here. Together, we will build a country worthy of the name Ghana, a place where dreams come true. All glory be to God and may He bless our homeland Ghana. ✨🇬🇭 #Grateful #Caring #Compassionate #LiveWire
2. When she first got into her office in a gorgeous Ntoma ensemble
Psalm 90:17 says ; "Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us and establish the work of our hands upon us: yes, establish the work of our hands." In everything we do, let us do it to the best of our ability and not compromise on standards and principles and we will surely be blessed for it. Wishing you all a very fruitful week. ✨🌸 #BeCaring #BeCompassionate
3. At the state of the Nation’s address in another Kente
4. This is a look your mum will love to have as well
I had the pleasure of being the guest of honour at the Malaria Safe Partnership Symposium this morning. Malaria affects everyone in Ghana; most vulnerable are women and children. In pregnant women the effects are harrowing and the greatest risk is death. The socio-economic impact is also significant. It affects households and reduces productivity at work. As we progress towards economic growth, participation from private sector is crucial. Access to and use of insecticide treated nets is vital and will ensure us become #MalariaSafe. I wish to call on the Ghanaian business sector to embrace the goals spelt out today.The Ghana- U.K Private Sector Malaria Prevention Project and its Malaria Safe Initiative is laudable. Leaders of business in Ghana let's embrace this initiative and make the workplace #MalariaSafe I hereby launch the Malaria PSMP Project and Malaria Safe Initiative. I invite you to join us work together to make Ghana a Malaria free nation. ✨🇬🇭
5. Our first lady hangs out with the cool kids of Ghanaian entertainment and in African print too
6. Even Yvonne Nelson was star-struck she had to get a portrait for her wall
7. Office wear never looked this adorable
8. Another stylish moment with Otumfuor Osei-Tutu which deserves to go into the history books
I am so grateful to Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II, Lady Julia Osei-Tutu, Honourable Members of Parliament, Corporate Institutions and individuals for their support towards the Save A Child Save A Mother Project. I cannot thank you enough. Your overwhelming generosity in cash and in pledges yesterday at the launch in Kumasi was truly humbling. This indeed proves that when we do things together we achieve so much more. May God continue to reward you immensely for your selfless contributions. Thank you. #SaveAChildSaveAMother
10. When she rocked this Kimono-inspired piece on the red carpet with Samira Bawumia