Nigerian First Lady’s ‘Nakedness’ Remark After Meghan’s Visit Goes Viral


After the recent visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Nigeria is abuzz with discussions on cultural identity and fashion. Meghan Markle’s fashion choices during her stay have sparked debate, especially in light of comments from Nigeria’s First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, who urged women to embrace their heritage and reject the trend of ‘nakedness’ promoted by American celebrities.

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During an event marking her husband’s administration’s first anniversary in Abuja, Tinubu called for modesty, particularly among teenagers and young people. She criticized the influence of Western celebrity fashion, saying, “We have to salvage our children. We see the way they dress. We are not having the Met Gala. And everyone, the nakedness, is just everywhere, and the men are well-clothed. Tell them we don’t accept nakedness in our culture. That is not beautiful. It’s not beautiful at all.”

Markle, known for her stylish and modern fashion choices, wore a variety of outfits during her three-day visit, including a patterned halter-neck dress and a red strappy dress with a ruffled hem. Her backless peach dress, the ‘Windsor Gown-Blush,’ drew significant attention and some criticism. While some praised her fashion diplomacy and perceived nods to Nigerian culture, others expressed concerns about modesty, especially in a predominantly Muslim nation.

The choice of the ‘Windsor’ gown, named after the UK royal family, raised questions about the role of fashion in diplomacy and cultural representation. Markle’s outfits were seen as more than just aesthetic choices, sparking debate about their deeper significance and symbolic gestures.

During her visit, Markle also highlighted her Nigerian heritage, mentioning her 43% Nigerian roots based on a DNA test. Tinubu, while not directly criticizing Markle, emphasized the importance of embracing one’s cultural roots. “Why did Meghan come here looking for Africa? That is something we have to take home with us. We know who we are. Don’t lose who you are,” she said.

Beyond fashion, Tinubu advocated for confidence and self-respect among Nigerian women. “They’re all lovely girls, but they need to be confident in themselves. We are fashionable, and we understand what is going on. When mothers stand with you, the house is in order,” she stated.

Re-reported from the article originally published in She the people.

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