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15 facts about Mrs Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a pioneering Nigerian activist, educator, and politician.
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Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a pioneering Nigerian activist, educator, and politician. She contributed immensely to women’s rights, education, and Nigerian independence. She was a leader whose influence was recognised beyond Nigeria history and as a formidable force, inspiring movements across Africa and around the world. Here are 15 facts about Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

1. Ransome-Kuti was born Frances Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas on 25 October 1900 in Abeokuta, Nigeria.
2. She was the first female student to attend the Abeokuta Grammar School, breaking gender barriers from a young age.
3. She was popularly referred to as “Lioness of Lisabi,”
4. She attended Wincham Hall School for Girls in England.
5. Funmilayo married Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, a fellow educator and minister. She became the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car.
6. Funmilayo was the mother of renowned musician Fela Kuti, who credited her with inspiring his activism and artistic expression.
7. She was a founding member of the Nigerian Union of Teachers and the Nigerian Youth Movement, reflecting her commitment to educational and political reforms.
8. Funmilayo was a fierce critic of British colonial policies, advocating for Nigerian self-governance and independence.
9. Funmilayo led the Abeokuta Women’s Union in protests against the Alake of Abeokuta’s imposition of unfair taxes on women, resulting in the temporary abdication of the Alake.
10. Funmilayo was one of the few women to be appointed to the Nigerian Legislative Council, where she championed issues related to women and education.
11. Funmilayo’s activism extended beyond Nigeria. She was a member of the Women’s International Democratic Federation and travelled extensively, speaking on issues of colonialism and women’s rights.
12. In 1944, she established the ALC, which later evolved into the Abeokuta Women’s Union (AWU), focusing on addressing issues affecting women, such as unfair taxation and representation.
13. She supported the preservation and celebration of African culture, often wearing traditional attire and promoting African customs.
14. In recognition of her contributions, she was awarded the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by the Nigerian government.
15. Funmilayo was a prolific writer and speaker, addressing audiences worldwide on topics related to women’s rights, education, and anti-colonialism.

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