Ganga, the sociologist who became Lola’s wife

‘I love her as if I were 20’: Former Brazilian President Lula on Wednesday married Rosângela da Silva, the left-wing sociologist and activist who would become the first lady if he won a third term in October.

He is 76 years old, and he is 55 years old. This relationship with “Ganga”, as this old member of the Workers’ Party (PT) is called, is an iconoclasm of the left. Lola was deeply affected by the death in 2017 of Marisa Leticia, his wife of more than 30 years, with whom he had four children.

He also lost his first wife, Maria de Lourdes, who contracted hepatitis in 1971.

“When you lose your wife, you think life has no meaning, that everything is over, then someone else seems to give meaning,” Luis Inacio Lula da Silva told the magazine in a recent interview.

“We will marry quietly and I will carry happily,” added the former unionist, who held the top position from 2003 to 2010 and will try to return to power in an election that promises to be a storm against the extremists’ president. Jair Bolsonaro’s right.

Born in São Paulo, Ganga graduated in sociology from Parana University in Curitiba (south), where she worked for nearly 20 years for the public energy company Itaipu Binacional, which operates the Itaipu Dam, one of the largest dams in the world.

She joined the Labor Party in 1983, co-founded two years earlier by Lula.

– Kiss to get out of prison –

According to Brazilian media, they have known each other for several decades, but the press service of the former president confirms that their romance began only at the end of 2017, during an event with left-wing artists, including musician Chico Buarque. .

But the romance between this very smiling, brown-haired woman and the old-fashioned lion of politics only came to light in May 2019, when Lula was imprisoned for more than a year on corruption charges.

“Lola is in love and the first thing he wants to do when he gets out of prison is get married,” declared one of his lawyers who had just visited him.

The wedding will finally take place just two and a half years after his release, an evening party attended by 200 guests in São Paulo, details of which have been kept a secret.

While incarcerated, Ganga posted several stunning tweets between two visits: “I just want to be able to cuddle and cuddle you non-stop,” for example, she wrote on Lola’s 74th birthday.

In November 2019, shortly after his release, they exchanged a kiss in front of a crowd that had gathered around Curitiba prison where the former president spent 18 months.

“I want to introduce you to someone I have already talked about, but some do not know: my future companion,” said Lola, visibly moved.

– Committed feminist –

Depuis que l’ex-président est redevenu éligible à la faveur de l’annulation de ses condamnations par la Cour suprême, début 2021, “Janja” l’a accompagné lors de nombreux déplacements, y compris à l’éxétranger, in Europe.

She was one of the stars at her campaign launch on May 7. Just before the ex-president’s speech, Ganga offered him his “wedding gift”: a clip from the remake of the song that marked his first presidential campaign in 1989.

A version performed by the stars of the new Brazilian scene, such as drag queen Pablo Vitar or singer Duda Pete.

Lula gave hints about the role Ganga could play as first lady in food security programs in a country where hunger has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although she is active in Lula’s social media campaign, Rosângela da Silva is silent about her private life. According to Veja magazine, she has been married for more than ten years and has no children.

“She’s very committed and very feminist,” Lola revealed in September during an interview with rapper Manu Brown’s podcast.

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