There are several Nigerian women who have contributed to the Growth of the Country in different ways, some of these women have passed away but their names will never be forgotten in Nigerian History. In this article, we will be talking about the first Nigerian woman to buy a car and the first Iyalode of Egbaland.
The name of this woman is Efunroye Osuntinubu Olumosa and she was born in 1805 in Ogun State. According to reports, Madam Efunroye is a woman who contributed to the growth of Nigeria before she passed away. She was a Slave Trader, Business Woman and Aristocrat who was the first Iyalode of Egbaland. She was also the first woman to play a proactive part in the resistance to British rule during the colonial era.
In the year 1834, Efunroye gained recognition after she became the first Nigerian woman to buy a car. At the time she bought the car, Nigeria have no currency and people can only acquire goods by using the trade by barter system so she exchanged 500 slaves for the car.
Although Efunroye was the first Nigerian woman to buy a car, she didn't ride the car for one day and that is because she leased the car to White Men in Lagos, Nigeria.
Madam Efunroye achieved a lot in the Country before she passed away in 1887 at the age of 82. After her death, a statue of her was erected in Tinubu Square in Lagos Island which was a recreational spot that was named after her.
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