Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina
First Lady of Madagascar
In office
25 January 2014 – 7 September 2018
PresidentHery Rajaonarimampianina
Preceded byMialy Rajoelina
Succeeded byMialy Rajoelina
Personal details
Political partyHery Vaovao ho an'i Madagasikara
Spouse(s)Hery Rajaonarimampianina

Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina is a Malagasy public figure who held the position of First Lady of Madagascar from 2014 to 2018. She is the wife of former Madagascar president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina.[1][2]

Biography

Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina married Hery Rajaonarimampianina in a ceremony held at the Ambohinaorina Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) in Sabotsy Namehana.[1] The couple have two daughters, as well as Hery Rajaonarimampianina's children from his previous marriage.

First Lady of Madagascar

Rajaonarimampianina became the country's first lady in January 2014. She has called for investors to create employment opportunities for Malagasy women, especially in the arts, agriculture and textile industries.[2]

On 26 June 2016 Rajaonarimampianina attended National Day celebrations while wearing a white-and-green, pineapple-themed Dolce & Gabbana dress valued at an estimated $7,745 U.S. dollars, the equivalent of 20 million Malagasy ariary.[3][4] The first lady's choice of attire quickly ignited a fierce debate across Madagascar's media and social media platforms.[3] In a country where 92% of the population is classified as poor, including the 53% of residents who live in extreme poverty, much of the discussion focused on the high cost of the garment.[3] Malagasy social media users and local media released a flood of pineapple-centric memes and political cartoons poking fun and criticism at the pricey dress, while the hashtag #mananasy, which translates as pineapple in Malagasy, began trending within days of the event.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b "Madagascar First ladies : De Justine à Voahangy, en passant par les deux Thérèse". Madagate.com. 2014-02-14. Archived from the original on 2017-10-15. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  2. ^ a b Baldé, Assanatou (2014-02-03). "Qui est la Première dame malgache, Voahangy Rajao?". Afrik.com. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  3. ^ a b c Razafison, Rivonala (2016-06-30). "Much ado about first lady's dress". Africa Review. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  4. ^ a b Rakotomalala, Lova (2016-07-01). "Why Everyone in Madagascar Is Making Jokes About Pineapple". Global Voices Online. Retrieved 2017-10-16.