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Rosangela da Silva, “Janja”: who is Brazil’s new first lady

  • Leticia Mori @leticiamori_
  • BBC News Brazil in Sao Paulo

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On Sunday, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was reinstated as Brazilian president and his wife, sociologist Rosangela da Silva, popularly known as ‘Janja’, coordinated the team that organized the inauguration ceremony.

Janja was personally responsible for bringing artists such as Pablo Witter, Valeska Popozuda, Paulinho da Viola, Margaret Menezes, Martinho da Vila and Gabby Amarantos to the 300,000-person party in Brasilia.

Janja, who is part of the transition team, influenced the President’s decisions on the Ministry of Culture.

He was the one who suggested the name of Margaret Menezes as the head of the portfolio after the rapper Emicida and the actress Marietta Severo declined the invitation.