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Within the years that led to Nigeria’s independence from Britain in 1960, there have been girls whose contributions not solely outlined how Nigerians stood as much as the colonialists then but additionally led energetic political and socio-economic actions that culminated into Nigeria’s independence.
However most frequently than not, when the likes of Anthony Enahoro, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Remi Fani-Kayode are talked about, names of girls like Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Hajia Gambo Sawaba, and Margaret Ekpo are conveniently omitted.
As Nigeria celebrates her sixtieth anniversary, we take a look at a number of of those girls.
Born October 25, 1900, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti earned herself the nickname Lioness of Lisabi owing to her profitable marketing campaign in opposition to arbitrary taxes levied on Egba girls.
A trainer by occupation and political campaigner and ladies’s rights activist by conviction, Ransome-Kuti, in 1949, led a protest in opposition to the Alake of Egbaland, who was accumulating taxes on behalf of the UK Authorities. The protest pressured Oba Ademola II to relinquish his crown. She additionally led a profitable marketing campaign in opposition to separate taxes for girls.
By the Federation of Nigerian Girls Societies, which she based in 1953, Ransome-Kuti continued to champion girls’s rights within the years resulting in Nigeria’s independence. She was one of many first Nigerian girls to kind political events and was one of many delegates who negotiated Nigeria’s independence from Britain.
She was killed in 1978 when ‘unknown troopers’ attacked her son, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s Kalakuta Republic residence.
Hajia Gambo Sawaba
Born Hajaratu Amarteifo to a Ghanaian father and Nupe mom on February 15, 1933, in present-day Niger State, Sawaba was the fifth little one of her dad and mom. Being orphaned at a younger age pressured her to drop out of faculty and by the point she was 13 years previous, she was already married off to a World Struggle II veteran Abubakar Bello.
At age 17, Hajia Sawaba had already develop into politically energetic and used her membership of the Northern Parts Progressive Union (NEPU) to marketing campaign in opposition to under-aged marriages, pressured labour and likewise advocated for Western schooling.
With mentorship offered by Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Sawaba grew to become a driving for northern girls liberation and was a visitor of safety companies for her views, which raged in opposition to the prevailing values of northern Nigeria in these days.
Hajia Sawaba died in October 2001.
Born July 27, 1914, in Creek City within the present-day Cross River State, Ekpo’s schooling was quickly halted after her father Okoroafor Obiasulor died in 1934.
Her journey into politics was fortuitous. Her medical physician husband was working for the federal government and couldn’t attend political conferences. Ekpo attended these conferences on his behalf, and her curiosity in politics grew. She later fashioned Aba Township Girls’s Affiliation in 1954, a 12 months after the NCNC nominated her to the regional Home of Chiefs.
Ekpo additionally labored with Ransome-Kuti to protest the killings of the leaders of an area group that protested in opposition to the practices of the colonial house owners at an Enugu coal within the early Fifties. She was elected into the Japanese Area parliament between 1961 and 1965.
Credit score: Guardian Nigeria