Read About The Only Woman Ever Recorded In History To Be the First Lady Of Two Different Countries

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The first lady of a nation, unlike other titles is not something gotten with struggle, no campaign is needed neither is there any need for verification or approval, it is more like a matter of destiny because most often than not, a man do not attain the presidency position unmarried.

The case of Graça Machel is therefore, worthy of note. She has served as the First Lady in two different Countries. The death of her first husband, the then, President of Mozambique led to her marriage to another president, who was the former president of South Africa. She presently, is an widow to two presidents. What a great destiny indeed!

About Graça Machel

Graça Simbine is politician and humanitarian. She is the widow of both former presidents of Mozambique and South Africa; Mozambican president Samora Machel and South African president Nelson Mandela. Machel is an international advocate for women's and children's rights and was made an honorary British Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for her humanitarian work.

She is the only woman in modern history to have served as First Lady of two different countries. She was born on the 17th day of October, 1945 and speaks the native Xitsonga language.

Graça Machel Mandela is a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP) , a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. She was chancellor of the University of Cape Town between 1999 and 2019.

Graça Machel married Samora Machel , the first president of Mozambique, in 1975. They had a daughter Josina and a son Malengane. Samora Machel died in office in 1986 when his presidential aircraft crashed near the Mozambique - South Africa border.

Graça Machel Mandela married her second husband, Nelson Mandela , in Johannesburg on 18 July 1998, Mandela's 80th birthday. At the time, Mandela was serving as the first post-apartheid president of South Africa . Mandela died of pneumonia on 5 December, 2013.


Graça Machel returned to Portuguese East Africa in 1973, joining the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) and working as a schoolteacher. She also had a political career as she was appointed Minister for Education and Culture in 1975, the year she married her first husband.

Graça Machel is one of the most powerful women in the world. Asides her personal and political careers, she also held other positions; governmental and non governmental. Machel was appointed as the expert in charge of producing the groundbreaking United Nations report on the impact of armed conflict on children. She also holds numerous awards, honours and international recognition to her name.

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