Meet With The First Woman To Buy Car In Nigeria

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Tinubu was born in the Ojokodo forest area of Egbaland. Her father’s name was Olumosa.

She was allegedly of Owu ancestry, either through her maternal or paternal side. Madam Tinubu was reportedly married multiple times. Her first marriage was to an Owu man. It bore two sons.

After her Owu husband died, she remarried the exiled Oba Adele Ajosun in 1833 who, while visiting Abeokuta, was charmed by Tinubu. She moved with the exiled Oba to Badagry, which was traditionally the place of refuge for Lagos monarchs. At Badagry, she exploited Adele’s connections to build a formidable business trading in tobacco, salt, and slaves.

Mrs Efunroye Tinubu was the first nigerian woman to buy a car. although she is not the first person to drive care in Nigerian.

She was born in Abeokuta
in 1805 (211yrs ago). She was a wealthy slave trader and sold many slaves to the Europeans.

Since there was no
currency in Nigeria then, she exchanged about 500 slaves for
a car in 1834.

She leased the car out to the whitemen in
Lagos and never drove it for one day ( this gave Fela’s mother Funmilayo Ransome Kuti the chance to become the
1st woman to drive a car about 100yrs later).

Efunroye married Oba Adele of Lagos in 1835 after the death of her husband.

Adele died in 1837 making her a widow for
the second time.

She installed Adele’s son, Oluwole as the oba and married his chief security

Oluwole died and she
install her own son.

Efunroye died in 1887 at the age of 82yrs. Tinubu Square on Lagos Island, a place previously known as Independence Square, is named after her. Ita Tinubu (Tinubu’s precinct or Tinubu Square) had long been known by that name before the country’s independence, but it was renamed Independence Square by the leaders of the First Republic.

She was buried at Ojokodo Quarters in Abeokuta.

Written by: Esther Godwin

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