Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (25 October 1900 – 13 April 1978) was a Nigerian Women's rights activist, feminist, author and traditional aristocrat. She was the mother of activists, Fela Anikulapo Kuti (musician), Beko Ransome-Kuti (doctor) and Professor Olikoye Ransome Kuti (doctor and former minister in Nigeria). She was the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car and to ride a bike. Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas was born on the 25th October 1900 in Abeokuta, present day Ogun State, Nigeria. She went to Abeokuta Grammar school and then to the UK for further studies. In 1925 she married Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome Kuti. He was one of the founders of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Nigerian Union of Students (NUS). Fumilayo Ransome Kuti, championed the cause of women in her native Abeokuta, especially traders. She founded the Egba or Abeokuta Women's Union along with Eniola Soyinka (mother of the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka). Her organisation once had a membership of 20,000 women. Among other things Fumilayo Ransom Kuti organised workshops for illiterate market women. She campaigned against taxes and price controls imposed by the King of Aboukuta. Her Campaign  ( Wikipedia article )


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