Take a look at some of Africa’s other First Ladies here.
Editor’s Update 10/30/09:
From time to time I like to look at the website stats to see how people come upon this site. This post seems to be one of the highest searched pages on my site, and as you can see in the comments section, has created some heated debate. As owner of the site, with a right to my own opinion, my article stands. Firmly. The amount of people who see fault with the critique of their beloved Ms. Biya is astounding, and I have no regrets for my statements. Those that would dismiss me as ignorant, biased, and self-absorbed (ha!) would forget to note that I have visited Africa on several occasions. And PLEASE with the ‘She’s French!’, ‘She’s French!’ reasoning, as if being part European (or part-anything) is the Holy Grail in beauty standards. Those excuses only perpetuate the unrealistic goals of the many insecure Black women and men who feel that ‘light’ is ‘right’. (Would Paul Biya marry a sister as dark as Michelle Obama? I think not.) But no need to cross the Atlantic; I can look no further than my Senegalese neighbor, who is light-skinned, yet participates in skin bleaching (as my Sierra-Leonian fiancé pointed out).
I will continue to criticize Chantal Biya and other African First Ladies who walk around dripped in European labels while their dictator husbands run corrupt nations for decades on end. This self-entitled Biya chick has spent over 15 years shopping lavishly on Chanel, Dior, and weaves and makeup while 90 percent of Cameroon’s roads go unpaved, nearly half of the population lives in abject poverty, and corruption and nepotism run rampant. Everytime this lady opens another self-named “charity”, I just roll my eyes. Honestly, if I could I would throw one of my hard-earned (and well deserved) Louboutins at her, I would. She is no role model for me, or any other woman with an ounce of self respect.