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Aisha Buhari Biography: Education, Career, Family, Controversies, and Net Worth

Aisha Halilu Buhari is the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, who took office on May 29, 2015, after defeating former President Goodluck Jonathan. She is a cosmetologist and a beauty therapist. She is a staunch advocate for women’s and children’s rights. In the United Kingdom, she is a member of the International Health and Beauty Council as well as the Vocational Training and Charitable Trust.

Early Life & Education

Aisha Buhari was born in Adamawa State, Northeast Nigeria, on February 17, 1971. Her grandfather, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu, was Nigeria’s first defense minister. Aisha’s father worked as a civil engineer, and her mother is a scion of the famed Ankali agricultural dynasty. In Adamawa State, she attended primary and high school. On December 2, 1989, President Muhammadu Buhari married Aisha. They have five children and one grandchild between them.

Aisha Buhari earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Ambrose Alli University (AAU). She graduated from the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna with a master’s degree in international affairs and strategic studies. She also has a diploma in beauty therapy from the Carlton Institute of Beauty Therapy in Windsor, England. She earned a post-graduate diploma in cosmetology and beauty from the Academy Esthetique Beauty Institute in France.



For many years, Aisha Buhari has been the founder/managing director of Hanzy Spa and the proprietor of Hanzy Beauty Institute, a beauty salon in Kaduna and Abuja. She is a National Basic Technical Education (NBTE) beauty therapist and cosmetology resource person, as well as a participant in the development of the NBTE’s small-medium enterprise curriculum. Aisha Buhari closed her beauty service after her husband was elected President of Nigeria. Aisha’s book, Essentials of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Specialists, has been recommended as a text for the NBTE curriculum.


Aisha Buhari is an outspoken advocate for women’s and children’s rights, which was a significant subject in her husband’s presidential campaign in 2015. In October 2016, she indicated that she would not vote for her husband in the next election until he regained control of his ministry. “I’m not sure which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs in my kitchen, living room, and other room,” said the president.

Impact & Influence

  • In May 2015, on the sidelines of the Global Women Conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she stressed the need for Nigerian laws that will protect the women from forced early marriages, sex trafficking, and other issues Nigerian girls and women contend with. Aisha raised concerns about child sexual abuse in Nigeria, sex trafficking, and the need for legislation against early marriage.
  • Aisha Buhari met with some parents of the abducted Chibok Girls on June 12, 2015, and gave earnings from her book to the Chibok girls’ parents, the Buni Yadi boys murdered in 2014, and starving children on April 14, 2016.
  • The Aisha Buhari Cup is an invitational football competition for the Nigerian women’s national team, organized by the Nigerian football federation under the influence of Aisha Buhari.
  • Aisha Buhari works with those who have been internally displaced as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency. Following a visit to an IDP camp in Borno, she formed a committee to provide humanitarian items.


Future Assured

Aisha Buhari launched Future Assured to continue her advocacy work for women’s and children’s health and well-being through community mobilization and health promotion. Aisha was inspired by the need to improve the Nigerian population’s present dismal health results for women, children, and other vulnerable populations. On the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 29, 2015, she reaffirmed her commitment to this work at stakeholders gathering at the presidential villa and a public launch of Future Assured programs.


Fatima Daura, the daughter of Mamman Daura, the newspaper editor, accused Aisha of verbally harassing her and attacking her family in October 2019. Fatima videotaped Aisha raving inside the presidential mansion in Abuja and released it to the press. Fatima Daura claimed she taped the video because she would not have been believed if she had made those charges without proof. Aisha Buhari said she was in the video and claimed Fatima Daura mocked her while she was being recorded. Aisha then issued an apology through her publicist. She expressed her rage because Mamman Daura and his family refused to allow her access to certain areas of the presidential mansion after President Buhari instructed Mamman Daura and his family to move out of the villa.

Net Worth

Aisha Buhari has a net worth of $10 million. She is a well-known Nigerian woman who, through her business, amassed a great deal of reputation and riches before her husband became president.



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