Since her father President Muhammadu Buhari emerged Nigeria’s First Man in May 2015, Zahra has not granted any interview until recently when she spoke to Maryam Laushi of The Amba Imprint on life as a president’s daughter and ACE charity ambassador. When asked to describe herself, Zahra said, “Whenever people ask me to describe myself, I say I am just normal. I try to be nice; I am an easygoing person.” How does she unwind? “I read a lot of different things and sometimes books that will help me relate with people better because I have to interact with a lot more people now.”
And Zahra on the influence of her mother in her life says,” My mom inspires me. Whenever she is ready to do something, (she is such a fiery woman) she just gets up and gets it done and it is always for a good cause. Even my interest in charity work, I know it’s something I get from her. Since we were kids, she encouraged us to give to the less privileged and we enjoyed doing that. And.. My motivation is our position. We know that we are here to help Nigerians, it is not about us and even way before getting into this position, the less privileged have always been my motivation.”
Has being a president’s daughter changed her life in any way? “It hasn’t changed so much, just that we are restricted from doing so many thing because of security precautions and we see our dad less, that has really changed! Changing where you live, that’s the biggest change. Moving from a flat in Guildford and then moving out from our house in Kaduna and Abuja then the way there are more people around that you’re not familiar with.
“So, having to be more diplomatic about so many things. It’s actually very hard to get to me ‘cause I have been changing numbers so people can’t really get me and the second thing is, not too many people know me personally. The problem comes up once in a while, when people now want to be closer to you but you just have to do what you have to do.”
Does Zahra have interest in politics? “No. Politics? I can’t. And I am still working on any other ambition. I just want to build up on how to help people; that is the main thing for me. And actually, fashion. I’m not into trendy fashion; I’m just into dressing properly and looking good and presentable most of the time.” And the interview was concluded with a question of marriage, to which Zahra said, “Eventually! Maybe I have a potential.”