Google Pays Homage to Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

Google yesterday honoured late feminist icon, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti who is often revered as the first Nigerian woman to drive a car.

She was so much more than that as she also advocated for women’s rights including rights to vote and so on.

The honour comes on the day in which she would have turned 119 years of age.

Google honoured Kuti with a doodle which was designed by Nigerian-Italian artist Diana Ejaita and is a nice little reel of the things she achieved all put together in one picture.

Google Doodle revealed their tribute to Funmilayo Ransome Kuti in a tweet in which they said: ““As for the charges against me, I am unconcerned,” said Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the Nigerian educator & activist celebrated in today’s #GoogleDoodle.”


People were of course pleased that she was honoured. A Twitter user also took to the opportunity to disabuse people’s minds of the notion that she was only to be remembered as the first woman to drive a car.

The user in a short thread said: “It’s appalling that the conventional narrative attributed to Funmilola Ransome-Kuti is the “first woman to drive a car in Nigeria.”

“She was an icon who advocated for Nigeria women’s right to vote, sat at the negotiation table for Nigeria’s independence with the British government, campaigned against separate taxes for market women, and was one of the most distinguished leaders in her generation.” she concluded. She then talked about how much she loved the doodle.

Comments underneath the post by Google Doodle’s Twitter account, thanked the company for remembering.

We will always be grateful for the strides made by this strong woman.

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