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30 Things To Learn From Badass Historical Moms

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Don’t let them hold you back

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Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. Leader. Teacher. Mother. She was given a Christian name, Frances Abigail, because her country was controlled by the British. These colonizers had pushed Western ideals and religion onto Nigeria, just as they did in other parts of the Commonwealth. However, Funmilayo didn’t accept these ideas as inherently right. Though her people were separated and the classes stratified, Funmilayo became one of the only female students at Abeokuta Grammar School, a place she would go back to teach at. Funmilayo decided to further her education in Britain, although there she was the victim of terrible harassment. She returned to Nigeria and dropped her Christian name.

This lady went on to establish one of the most powerful groups whose primary objective was to fight for Nigerian self governance. She named it the Abeokuta Women’s Union. Her active political life led her to participate in the negotiations for Nigeria’s pre-independence constitution. She was not only the mother of three children but the mother of Nigerian independence as well.

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