Kofoworola Ademola: Celebrating first African woman to graduate from Oxford University

Kofoworola Ademola: Celebrating first African woman to graduate from Oxford University

- Kofoworola Ademola, popularly known as Lady Ademola, was the first Nigerian to get a degree at Oxford University

- Born on May 21, 1913, she spent half of her life in Lagos, the city where she attended the CMS Girls School

- Ademola is not just an educationist, she is also a writer of many children books and literary enthusiast

Ademola, born on May 21, 1913, is the first black woman to attend an American college. Her father, Omoba Eric Olawolu Moore, was a very popular lawyer who married an African American returnee Aida Arabella.

Ademola is a popular Nigerian educationist and the first president of the National Council of Women Societies in Nigeria, and was head of the women’s organisation between 1958 to 1964.

She was popularly known as the first African woman to get a degree from Oxford University and has authored several pages children’s books.

The influential educationist spent a part of life in Lagos where she educated at CMS Girls School, Lagos. One of the very important things she did while in UK was writing a 21-page autobiography which she used to challenge the British stock belief about Africans.

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She is a fervent literary both in Warri and Ibadan. She also had the chieftaincy titles of the Mojibade of Ake and the Lika of Ijemo.

It should be noted that in 1959, she was given the Member of the Order of the British Empire from the Queen of England and got the Order of the Federal Republic during Tafawa Balewa’s government.

It should be noted that she moved back to Nigeria after she graduate from Oxford in 1935 and got an appointment with the Queens College in Lagos.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Ukawsaw Gronnoisaw whose real name is James Albert who was born in 1705 and died in September 1775, a freed slave, is considered to be the first person to publish a book in Britain.

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His book, titled: Narrative of the most remarkable particulars in the life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, as related by himself, follows after his life during slavery.

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The book was also the first slave narrative in the English language. The book tells about how he was captured in Nigeria and subjected to a life of poverty.

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