Zahra Buhari is the beautiful, amiable, and gorgeous daughter of the President of the Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, and his second wife, Aisha Buhari. Outside her status as the daughter of Nigeria’s 4th President under the country’s 4th republic, Zahra is also popular as a philanthropist and a recipient of Oracle Magazine’s 2015 Charity Ambassador of the Year award. Her outspoken nature has earned her both a wide range of criticism from friends and foes alike. Let’s take a peek into her life, and all that has been going on in it.
Zahra Is One of President Buhari’s 10 Children
Born on December 18, 1994, in Daura, Katsina state, Zahra Buhari is one of President Mohammadu Buhari’s 10 children. She has nine siblings, of which four are her direct siblings of the same mother, Aisha Buhari. Others share the same father with her but not the same mother as her father married twice, with Aisha being the second wife. Her stepmother’s name is Safinatu (née Yusuf).
Zahra’s siblings of the same mother include her older sisters Aisha and Halina, an older brother Yusuf, and her younger sister Amina. Zahra is her mother’s fourth child and third daughter. In the extended family, she is the fourth daughter and the seventh child born in the family. All of Safinatu’s children are older than Zahra and her siblings. They include Zulaihat (Zulai), Fatima, Musa (deceased son), Hadiza, and Safinatu. Buhari’s children are believed to have a good relationship with each other irrespective of the mothers that gave birth to them.
She Hails from Daura, Katsina State, Nigeria
Zahra’s tribe is Fulani. Her father, President Mohammadu Buhari, was born to a Fulani family that hails from Daura, Katsina State. Zahra’s paternal grandfather is Mallam Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chieftain, while her paternal grandmother, Zulaiha, had Hausa and Kanuri ancestry. Her mother, Aisha Halilu Buhari, is from Adamawa State, North-Eastern Nigeria.
In an interview, Zahra claimed she and her siblings do not know how to speak the native Hausa language fluently. She mentioned that when conversing with her father, he corrects her in Hausa. She claims they usually communicate in ‘Engausa,’ a colloquial word for combining English and Hausa in a conversation. However, she blamed her inability to speak Hausa fluently on her education with white people’s kids. She later informed the interviewers off stage that at home, they mostly speak ‘Fulfude,’ which is the language of the Fulani people.
She Has a Degree in Medical Microbiology
Being the daughter of a wealthy Nigerian politician, Zahra Buhari has had her fair share of quality education. She studied at Kaduna international school before joining the British School of Lome. From there, she enrolled at Bellerby’s College, Brighton in the United Kingdom, before moving to the University of Surrey United Kingdom, where she got a degree in Medical Microbiology. Zahra isn’t the only educated person in her family.
All her siblings had most of their tertiary education in the United Kingdom. In fact, she attended the same University with her brother Yusuf, and they graduated together in 2016. Zahra’s mother, Aisha Buhari, is also a well-educated individual. She holds several university certificates, including a bachelor of arts degree in public administration from Ambrose Alli University (AAU) and a master’s degree in international affairs and strategic studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
Zahra’s Career as a Philanthropist
Though the president’s daughter has a degree in Medical Microbiology from a reputable university in the United Kingdom, she has not attempted to practice her career. Instead, she chose to toe the path of her mother, Aisha, as a philanthropist.
In an interview, she mentioned that her mother, Aisha Buhari, is her inspiration, and she desires to take care of the sick and less privileged in the country. To achieve her aim, she launched a non-governmental organization known as ACE, an acronym for Assisting, Caring, and Empowering.
Zahra’s NGO was established to help kids who have sickle cell disease by giving them free treatment. Some of the other areas the NGO takes care of include;
- Proper education for the less privileged
- Economic empowerment
- Health care
Aside from the NGO, Zarah is also the founder of ZMB homes, which provides safe and nurturing homes to Orphaned children in Nigeria. She also runs a website where she talks about herself and her ambitions. Zahra Buhari has used her influence to make a good impact in many lives, which is why in 2015, she received the Charity Ambassador of the year Award from Oracle Magazine.
Her Political Opinion on President Buhari’s Government
Zahra Buhari is one of the President’s most outspoken children when it comes to national issues. While most of the President’s kids don’t have an active influence and presence on social media, Zahra Buhari is the opposite. In an interview, she mentioned that she does not intend or have any interest in politics like her father, but that does not stop her from showing her unwavering support for her father. She has on several occasions used her Instagram page to show remarkable support for her father in every way she could.
During the Covid- 19 pandemic, when citizens of Nigeria accused the government of not distributing the palliatives to the poor. The Federal Government maintained that hoodlums invaded the warehouse and took away most of the palliative. Zahra Buhari also took to Instagram to defend her father’s government, saying the warehouses invaded by hoodlums have clearly vindicated her father and proven that her father isn’t the country’s problem, as many speculate.
Zhara’s statement on her Instagram page received lots of criticisms from her followers and the masses at large as some people went ahead to criticize her for supporting her father rather than the truth. Zahra also went ahead to clear the controversy surrounding her father’s school leaving certificate on Twitter. At a point, a hacker used her name to criticize and make unsavory comments about Nigerian leaders but was later cleared that she wasn’t the one using the Twitter handle. She has shown unsolicited support to her father in every way, which is expected of her because no one can say bad about their father on social media.
Zahra is a Happily Married Woman and a Mother of Two
Zahra is happily married to Ahmed Indimi, who hails from Borno State in the Northeastern region of Nigeria. Ahmed had his education at Lagos Global College before enrolling at American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he obtained a degree in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in the same university. Zahra’s husband comes from a very wealthy family. He works in Oriental oil as the head of the marketing department. The oil company is owned by his father, Mohammed Indimi, who is one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs from the northeast.
Zahra and her husband tied the knot on December 16, 2016. The wedding ceremony took place at the National Mosque, Abuja, and it was well attended by friends, family members, colleagues, and several political leaders. The couple took to social media to share their lovely wedding photos. Their union was blessed with a son on July 9, 2018. He was born in Madrid, Spain, and two years later, the couple welcomed their second child. The newborn, a baby girl, was said to have been delivered in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate.