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Women you should know: Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900–1978) was born in Abeokuta, in present-day Ogun State, Nigeria. She was one of the first women to attend Abeokuta Grammar School in 1914.

She was a Nigerian feminist and political leader who was the leading advocate of women’s rights in her country during the first half of the 20th century.

In 1944, she founded the Abeokuta Ladies’ Club (later, the Abeokuta Women’s Union), committed to defending women’s political, social and economic rights.

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We have compiled a list of things that you should know about this amazing lady.

  • She 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 held a seat in the Western House of Chiefs of Nigeria as an oloye of the Yoruba people.
  • She was refused a U.S. visa because the American government alleged that she was a communist.
  • Funmilayo was the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria.
  • In 1978 Funmilayo was thrown from a third-floor window of her son compound, when it was stormed by one thousand armed military personnel. She lapsed into a coma in February of that year, and died on 13 April 1978, as a result of her injuries.

 

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