Samia Suluhu Hassan has been appointed the new Vice-President of the the Republic of Tanzania by the new President John Magufuli.
In a male dominated sphere the 56-year-old is the first female VP for the country and she has had quite the past!
Here are seven things about this accomplished woman;
She was one of the architects of Tanzania’s new constitutional
She was the Vice-chairperson of the Tanzanian Constituent Assembly in 2014. This body was responsible for the drafting of the new Tanzania constitution.
First woman to be nominated as a running mate by the ruling party
Samia Suluhu Hassan became the first woman to be nominated as a running mate in the history of CCM. She won the nomination in July, last year, beating two other female candidates, Amina Ali and Asha-Rose Migiro.
Only one of her four children is a politician
Samia Hassan married Afidh Ameir, who was an agricultural officer, in 1978. They have four children. The only child to follow in her political footsteps is her daughter, Wanu Afidh Ameir, who holds a special seat in the Zanzibar House of Representatives.
She Is the second female Vice-President in East Africa
She is only the second female vice-president in East Africa, after Uganda’s Wandira Specioza Kazibwe, who served from 1994-2003.
Her distinguished public service
She had an active political career
She was an ardent women rights activist