Olikoye Ransome-Kuti

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Olikoye Ransome-Kuti (30 December 1927 – 1 June 2003) was a paediatrician, activist, and health minister of Nigeria. [1]


Early life and education

Reverend Israel and Funmilayo beside him, Dolu is behind and Fela in foreground, baby in arms is Beko, Olikoye is to the right 1940s family Ransome Kuti.png
Reverend Israel and Funmilayo beside him, Dolu is behind and Fela in foreground, baby in arms is Beko, Olikoye is to the right

Olikoye Ransome-Kuti was born in Ijebu Ode on 30 December 1927, in present-day Ogun State, Nigeria. His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was a prominent political campaigner and women's rights activist, and his father, Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, a Protestant minister and school principal, was the first president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers. [2] His brother Fela would grow up to be a popular musician and a founder of Afrobeat, while another brother, Beko, would become an internationally known doctor and political activist. Ransome-Kuti attended Abeokuta Grammar School, University of Ibadan and Trinity College Dublin (1948–54). [3]

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Olikoye Ransome-Kuti died on 1 June 2003. He was survived by his wife of 50 years Sonia and three children. [5]

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