October 16, 2021

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Powerful women in history: 5 things to know about Kudirat Abiola who was killed in 1996

How much do you really know about powerful Nigerian women who contributed greatly to our history? Kudirat Abiola was not just a political figure but one whose impact still resonates with us to this present day.

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To celebrate her life, Legit.ng will be looking at five things you should know about the pro-campaigner who gave a whole lot to democracy.

Powerful Women in History: 5 Things to Know About Kudirat Abiola Who Was Killed in 1996
The woman is often celebrated by many.
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1. She was married to popular billionaire Kudirat Abiola

Born in 1951, the woman was one of the wives of the political figure and a former presidential candidate, Abiola. Wikipedia gathers that she was regarded as his senior wife at the time of her death

2, Her struggle and death

The pro-campaigner gave a whole lot to democracy. She was reportedly killed on June 4, 1996, while her husband was put in detention by Ibrahim Babangida, the then head of state.

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3. Husband’s detention

Despite her death, her husband, who was believed to have won the 1993 presidential election still remained in detention.

4. Radio Kudirat

To honour Kudirat posthumously, a station known as Radio Democracy in faraway Norway changed its name to Radio Kudirat.

5. Kudirat Abiola Corner

As if that was not enough, a street in New York preserved her legacy and was renamed Kudirat Abiola Corner. This reportedly happened despite protests from her country’s government.

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Another Nigerian led change

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian man, Babatunde Olatunji, was a professional drummer who stood firmly against racial segregation in the United States of America.

He was one of the many Africans whose roles were really important in the fight for justice for blacks.

Music as an instrument of expression

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Babatunde was born in 1927 in Lagos. In 1950, he was awarded a scholarship to Morehouse College in Atlanta. Later in life, he became a successful drummer with 17 studio albums under his belt.

In 1959, his first album called Drums of Passion was said to have been pivotal in America as it gave the West a taste of world music.

Among Olatunji’s successes in his musical career were his Broadway and Hollywood compositions and his Grammy nomination.

Source: Legit