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Friday fact #12: The only person to have served as the First Lady of two different republics

She received the 1995 Nansen Medal from the United Nations in recognition of her longstanding humanitarian work, particularly on behalf of refugee children.

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Known as
Graça Machel or Graça Machel Mandela , she is a Mozambican politician. The widow of both Nelson Mandela and Samora Machel.

Graça is the only person to have served as the First Lady of two different republics. She became the First Lady of South Africa on 18 July 1998 upon her marriage to Nelson Mandela.



Some of her achievements include;

She received the 1995 Nansen Medal from the United Nations in recognition of her longstanding humanitarian work, particularly on behalf of refugee children.

She has been chancellor of the University of Cape Town.

She was named president of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in 2012.

In 2016, She was named Chancellor of the African Leadership University.

In 2009, She was appointed to the Commonwealth of Nations’ Eminent Persons Group.