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.
- She was born Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas .
- She was the first female student of Abeokuta Grammer School where she attended from 1914 – 1917.
- She was often regarded as Mother of Africa.
- She was one of the Nigerian women who first advocated for “women’s right to vote.”
- 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.
- She was the mother of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
- Former Health Minister, the Late Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti was also her son.
- Three of her grandchildren are also popular musicians, Seun Kuti, Yeni Kuti and Femi Kuti.
- Her father was the son of a returned slave, Ebenezer Sobowale Thomas, from Sierra Leone, who traced his ancestral history back to Abeokuta.
- She started the first adult education programme for women in Nigeria.