Today’s Google Doodle celebrates an impressive leader Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti’s 119th Birthday, who founded what many allude to as one of the most significant social movements of the twentieth century. Google Doodle sketched by Nigerian-Italian visitor artist Diana Ejaita.
Who is Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti?
Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, MON, also called Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti, was a teacher, political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat in Nigeria. She presented with unique excellence as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. She was additionally the first woman in the nation to drive a car.
Born on this day in 1900 in Abeokuta, the present capital of Nigeria’s Ogun state, the previous Frances Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas grew up seeing Great Britain uniting control over Nigeria.
Born as Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas, she was the first female student at the Abeokuta Grammar School (a secondary school), which she went to from 1914 to 1917.
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti’s political activism prompted her being portrayed as the doyenne of female rights in Nigeria, as well as to her being viewed as “The Mother of Africa.” Early on, she was an amazing power pushing for the Nigerian woman’s right to vote.
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was depicted in 1947, by the West African Pilot, as the “Lioness of Lisabi” for her leadership of the women of the Egba individuals on a campaign against their arbitrary taxation. That battle prompted the relinquishment of the high king Oba Ademola II in 1949.
“As for the charges against me, I am unconcerned,” said Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the Nigerian instructor and activist who courageously campaigned for women’s rights and the freedom of Africa from colonial rule.
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was the mother of the Nigerian activists Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a musician; Beko Ransome-Kuti, a doctor; and Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, a doctor and health minister. She was likewise grandma to musicians Seun Kuti and Femi Kuti. She is exceptionally respected in her native Nigeria for notable goes about as an African woman.
As the grandchild of a slave, she became one of the first girls to take on Abeokuta Grammar School, before making a trip to Cheshire in England to proceed with her education. When she came all the way back, she’d dropped her birth names and wanted to communicate in Yoruba.
In 1932, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti established the Abeokuta Ladies Club (ALC), encouraging unity between educated women and poor market laborers and setting up the first grown-up education programs for Nigerian women.
Renamed the Abeokuta Women’s Union in 1946, the association boasted a membership somewhere in the range of 20,000 and pushed for healthcare, social services, and economic opportunity.
Detained in 1947 for protesting against unfair treatment towards women, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti and her devotees additionally led the charge to abandon a degenerate local leader.
A trailblazer in many ways, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was additionally the first Nigerian woman to drive a car. She was additionally the only woman in Nigeria’s 1947 delegation to London, which held up a protest and set the country on the way toward self-government.
As one of the few women elected to Nigeria’s house of chiefs, she was perceived for her advocacy work on behalf of women’s rights and education, and adored as the “Lioness of Lisabi” and the “Mother of Africa.”
Her daughter—Dolupo—and three children—Beko, Olikoye, and Fela—in like manner moved toward becoming leaders in education, healthcare, and music, proceeding with their mom’s inheritance of activism and advocacy.
She lapsed into a coma in February of that year and passed on 13 April 1978 because of her injuries.
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was depicted in the 2014 film October 1 by Deola Sagoe.
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti is one of the most prominent figures in Nigerian history and motivated women crosswise over Nigeria through her brave acts and most outstandingly her battle for women in the nation. Some say that she made ready for women in Nigeria to have better lives.