Mrs Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti


Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti, born on October 25, 1900 and died on – 13 April, 1978, was a Nigerian teacher, political campaigner, traditional aristocrat and women’s right activist. She was born as Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas to Mr Daniel Olumeyuwa Thomas and Mrs Lucretia phyllis Omoyeni Adesola. She served as one of the most prominent leaders of Nigeria and her generation.
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 abidication of the Egba high King, Oba Ademola II in 1949.
Olufunmilayo ransome kuti is the mother of the powerful activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a popular musician, Beko Ransome- Kuti, a doctor, and professor Olikoye Ransome- Kuti, a doctor and a former health minister of Nigeria. She was also the grandmother to Seun kuti and Femi kuti, both musicians.

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