Google on Friday celebrated former women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti on her 118th posthumous birthday with a Doodle.
Concise News reports that Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages that commemorates holidays, events, achievements and people.
Funmilayo was born on 25 October 1900, in Abeokuta, to Daniel Olumeyuwa Thomas (1869-1954) and Lucretia Phyllis Omoyeni Adeosolu (1874-1956) of the Jibolu-Taiwo family.
She was the wife of Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti and the mother of late Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti; Beko Ransome-Kuti, a doctor; and Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, a doctor and health minister.
Funmilayo was also grandmother to musicians Seun Kuti and Femi Kuti. She is highly regarded in her native Nigeria for notable acts as an African woman.
Google said: “Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti otherwise known as Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti was a teacher, political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat in Nigeria.
“She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. She was also the first woman in the country to drive a car.
“Born as Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas, she was the first female student at the Abeokuta Grammar School (a secondary school), which she attended from 1914 to 1917.
“Ransome-Kuti’s political activism led to her being described as the doyenne of female rights in Nigeria, as well as to her being regarded as “The Mother of Africa.”
“Early on, she was a very powerful force advocating for the Nigerian woman’s right 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 people on a campaign against their arbitrary taxation.”
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), died in Lagos on 13 April 1978.