Efunroye Tinubu

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Madam Efunroye Tinubu (c. 1810 – 1887), born Efunporoye Osuntinubu, was a politically significant figure in Nigerian history because of her role as a powerful female aristocrat and slave trader in pre-colonial and colonial Nigeria She was a major figure in Lagos during the reigns of Obas Adele, Oluwole, Akitoye, and Dosunmu

Life and career

Early life

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.[

Personal life

Tinubu appears to have had another marriage with one Momoh Bukar, an Arabic scholar.Momoh's children from other wives later adopted the Tinubu name.

Death and legacy

Tinubu died in 1887. 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.

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