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10 Things You Didn’t Know ABout Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

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10 Things You Didn’t Know ABout Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

Google Doodle honoured the first Nigerian woman to drive a car, Mrs. Olufumilayo Ransome-Kuti today. Today, 25th of October, 2019 would have been her 119th birthday.

Here are ten things you didn’t about the phenomenal woman.

  1. She was born Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas .
  2. She was the first female student of Abeokuta Grammer School where she attended from 1914 – 1917.
  3. She was often regarded as Mother of Africa.
  4. She was one of the Nigerian women who first advocated for “women’s right to vote.”
  5. In 1947,the West African Pilot described her as the “Lioness of Lisabi” for her leadership of the women of the Egba people on a campaign against their arbitrary taxation.
  6. She was the mother of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
  7. Former Health Minister, the Late Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti was also her son.
  8. Three of her grandchildren are also popular musicians, Seun Kuti, Yeni Kuti and Femi Kuti.
  9. Her father was the son of a returned slave, Ebenezer Sobowale Thomas, from Sierra Leone, who traced his ancestral history back to Abeokuta.
  10. She started the first adult education programme for women in Nigeria.

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