The First Lady and the sparkly watch
How much time do you spend in the morning thinking about which watch you’ll wear? Seconds, minutes, hours? I’m assuming no more than a moment or two, most probably because you have just the one watch. If you’re an oil magnate or a collector, maybe there’s a glass-fronted case protecting serried ranks of timepieces, but otherwise it’s not the big decision of the day.
For Aisha Buhari, t he wife of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, this is now apparently a crucial decision, coming as it does after the first full week of her husband’s administration and after a roar of outrage when it was revealed that the watch she wore to his inauguration may (I repeat may, and imagine it in italics and in bold) have cost a lot of money. It may have been a diamond-crusted Cartier worth around 10m naira (R631 000), which is enough to stick in the throat of any Nigerian who can’t afford to eat.
Alternatively, it may have been the kind of knock-off that many of us buy on holiday to make ourselves look that bit f lashier than we are. It may have cost around $150 (R1 900). That’s not a cheap watch by some Nigerian standards; many people here would be happy with any watch at all, but there’s a world of difference between a watch that costs tens of thousands and a watch that, for all we know, costs just tens .
hy, you might beWwondering, am I rattling on about watches in what was such a big week for Nigerian politics? Because the watch furore doesn’t tell us nearly as much about Aisha Buhari’s personal st yle as it does about the pressure on the Buhari administration
First Lady Aisha Buhari registering to vote on 28 March 2015