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Meet Graça Simbine Machel, The Only Woman In Modern History To Have Married Two Presidents

“It’s not two leaders who fell in love with me, but two real people. I feel privileged that I have shared my life with two such exceptional men- Graça Machel
Meet Graça Simbine Machel, the main individual in history of the universe to have been the primary companion to two diverse fairly chosen African pioneers.

Graça Simbine Machel was conceived on 17 October 1945, in Gaza, Mozambique, and she was the last youngster in a group of six. Her dad passed on three weeks previously her introduction to the world and left a guidance that she should be instructed through secondary school. A will that was completed by her more seasoned kin.

Subsequent to finishing secondary school, the Methodist church conceded her a grant to learn at Lisbon University, Portugal. Furthermore, she studied dialects.

Because of Surveillance from the Portuguese mystery police, she was compelled to relinquish her instruction and fled to Switzerland.

In 1973, she came back to Tanzania and joined the FRELIMO where she met her first husband,Samora Machel – the principal leader of Mozambique.

On June 25, 1975, Mozambique picked up freedom and Samora Machel was made the principal leader of the new nation.

Graça Simbine Machel marriage to Samora Machel

At sworn in as a president of the new nation, Samora Machel was a widower as his wife, Josina, had died of leukaemia in 1971. In September of 1975, Graça married Samora Machel and became the First Lady of the country.

She combined this position with her cabinet portfolio as Education minister till 1986.

Samora Machel died in a plane crash on October 19, 1986, and this made her to resign her post as the country’s Minister of Education.

Graça Simbine Machel marriage to Madiba Nelson Mandela

Graça’s marriage to Mandela was dramatic as it was announced at the 80th birthday of the late icon. This was in the presence of over 2,000 international guests in 1998.

Having tied the nuptial knots with Mandela, Graça assumed the position of the First Lady of South Africa at age 52.

Graça said about her marriage to Mandela: “We were grown up; we were settled; we knew the value of a companion, of a partner.”


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