African First Ladies Converge At A.U Summit


The 29th ordinary session of the African Union summit kicked off on Monday at the headquarters of the continental body in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

The summit ran under the theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth”.

Deliberations were made on several key issues that included AU financing and institutional reform, as well as peace and security on the continent.

At this year’s summit, Madam Roman Tesfaye, wife of Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, was elected President of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA).

The election took place during a meeting of the group on the sidelines of the 29th African Union (A.U.) summit in Ethiopia. It is, however, the 19th Ordinary General Assembly of the OAFLA.

Until Tesfaye’s election, the post was held by first lady of Ghana. Her vice-president will be Burkinabe first lady, Adjoavi Sika Kabore.

Mrs Roman Tesfaye, First Lady of Ethiopia and newly elected president of OAFLA
Wife Of the Nigerian President Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari
First Lady of Ghana Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo
First Lady of Mali Madame Keita A. Maiga
First Lady of Malawi Dr Gertrude Mutharika
Madam Hinda Deby Itno First Lady of Chad
First Lady of Central African Republic Mme Brigitte Touadera
First Lady of Zambia H.E. Madam Esther Lungu


OAFLA have at its meetings recommitted to their fight to make Africa a continent free of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) as well as maternal and child mortality.

Commitments were also made to continue to ensure the launch of the campaign to End Child Marriage in all their countries.


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