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Life History Of Mrs Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti by GhostNG: 8:13am On Aug 04, 2017
Mrs Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti, born on October 25,1900 in Abeokuta, Ogun state. She attended Abeokuta Grammar school in 1914. She left Nigeria and traveled to England to further more in her educational career, she attended Wicham Hall Schools of Girls in England in the year 1919, as seen she return to Nigeria, she became a teacher. She was a Nigerian teacher, political campaigner,btraditional aristocrat and women’s right activist. On 20 January 1925, she married the Reverend Isreal Oludotun Ransome Kuti. Reverend Isreal also defended the commoner's of his country, and was one of the founders of both the Nigerian Union of Teachers and of the Nigerian Union of Students.

Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti's political activism led to her being described as the doyen of female rights in Nigeria, as well as her being called “The Mother Of Africa”. Early on, she was a very powerful force advocating for the Nigerian women’s right to participate in election, particularly to vote. She was described in 1947, by the West African Pilot as the “Lioness Of Lisabi” for her leadership of the women of the Egba clan she belonged to on a campaign against their arbitrary taxation. That struggle led to the abdication of the then Egba high King, Oba Ademola II in 1949.

Ransome-Kuti received the national honor of membership in the Order Of Nigeria in 1965. The University of Ibadan bestowed upon her the honorary doctorate of laws in 1968. She also held a seat in the Western House of Chiefs in Nigeria as an oloye of the Yoruba people. Aside the fact that she is the first woman to ride a bicycle and then first woamn to drive a car in West Africa, throughout her career, she was known as an educator and activist. She and Elizabeth Adekogbe provided dynamic leadership for women’s rights in the ’50s. She founded an organization for women in Abeokuta, with a membership tally of over 20 000 individuals spanning both literate and illiterate women

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