Is Ransome Kuti First Person to Drive a Car in Nigeria

Everyone says that Ransome-Kuti is the first ever Nigerian to drive a car. Is she the first person to drive a car in Nigeria? What if she is not – Just, what if?

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Records have it that the woman, Kuti is the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria as claimed in Abeokuta. She was a mum of 4 children, one daughter and a son. The children go by the names Bekolari, Oluefela, Olikoye and Dolupo.

Apart from just being in the limelight or recognition for being the first to own a car in Nigeria, Ransome-Kuti was also a core political activist and a feminist. Considering how disregarded the women of Nigeria were then conceived, it suffices to say that Ransome Fumilayo Kuti was in deed a prominent woman in her time.

First Person to Drive a Car in Nigeria

Fumilayo Kuti

Note: Do not confuse the statement ‘first person to drive a car in Nigeria’ with ‘first woman to buy a car in Nigeria’. While Fumilayo Kuti is regarded as the first person to drive a car in Nigeria as well as the first woman, she was not the first woman to buy a car in Nigeria.

Is Kuti Really the First Woman to Drive a Car in Nigeria?

Some claims have it that Fumilayo may not have been the first person to drive a car in Nigeria. However, other claims maintain that she was the first on grounds that the number of cars then were few enough for the authorities to know who owns and who does not own a car in Nigeria.
In as much as quite a large number of us were not there to confirm the records, we can’t change it now.
Therefore, we will have to agree that Fumilayo Kuti was the first person to drive a car in Nigeria. You may as well categorize her as the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria.

What is the Name of the Car Fumilayo Kuti Drove

Quite a bulk record are yet to provide an answer to this question. Could it be that Fumilayo drove a car without a brand? This may be possible but no company would want to stay phantom over its product. So, what is the name of the car that was first driven in Nigeria? Although we teach, we also love to learn. Do well to teach this website by commenting the name of the car driven by Fumilayo at around the 1930s.

What Year was the First Car Driven in Nigeria?

In the same vein, people ask ‘who was the first person to drive a car and which year’. The year is recorded in a bit confusing manner. Some claim on forums like Nairaland and other Nigerian forums that it was in 1978 while others claim it was during 1982 which are false.
Fumilayo kuti couldn’t have possibly driven a car during this year in the sense that she died during in 1978 and Nigeria was already far industrialized.

However, at about 1935 and 1936 extensively, Kuti, being a car lover, liased with Solanke who was then in England to send in 2 cars to Nigeria. Needless to describe how such cars would look. And, mind you, the cars arrived twice in Nigeria.

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The first arrival was too rickety and the Kutis warned Solanke of the second car yet to be sent with claims that car engineers in Nigeria declared the first car to have gone through 5 owners before coming theirs.

It is difficult to tell exactly what year she drove the car but we can deduce and maintain that it could not have gone past 1935. Moreover, could she have had car documents?

Final Thought

This article has not only ruled out the claim that Fumilayo Kuti was not the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria but also reinstated the fact. As you can see, this article has answered the question, “Which year was the first car driven in Nigeria.”

Would you not be interested in how to avoid buying a stolen car? I am pretty sure that Fumilayo read this article before ordering for the cars from England.

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