Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti

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Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti
1940s family Ransome Kuti.png
Reverend Israel and Funmilayo beside him, Dolu is behind and Fela in foreground, baby in arms is Beko, Olikoye is to the right
Born(1891-04-30)April 30, 1891
DiedApril 6, 1955(1955-04-06) (aged 63)
Abeokuta, Nigeria
Cause of deathCancer
Alma materFourah Bay College
CMS Grammar School, Lagos
Years active1916–1954
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (m. 1925–1955)
Parent(s)Josiah Ransome-Kuti Amy Bertha Arinola Ransome-Kuti (Née Olubi)
Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti was the first President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers[1]

Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti (April 30, 1891 – April 6, 1955)[2][self-published source] was a Nigerian clergyman and educationist.[3]


Israel was born on April 30, 1891 in Abeokuta, Ogun State to Josiah Ransome-Kuti and Bertha Anny Olubi. He completed his primary and secondary school education at Lagos Grammar School and Abeokuta Grammar School respectively before proceeding to Fourah Bay College, Freetown where he completed his undergraduate studies.[4]

Upon his graduation from Fourah Bay College, Israel returned to Nigeria in 1916 to begin his career first as a class teacher at Abeokuta Grammar School until 1918 when he left his hometown.[5] He was appointed as the principal of Ijebu Ode Grammar School for thirteen years and went on to found the Association of Headmasters of Ijebu Schools in 1926.

In 1931, Israel was appointed as the pioneering President of the then newly formed Nigeria Union of Teachers, a position he held until his retirement in 1954.[1] Kuti Hall, one of the halls of residence at the University of Ibadan which opened in 1954, is named after Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti.[6]


On April 6, 1955, Israel died of a cancer-related illness at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.[7]


  • Tunde Adeyanju (1993). The Rev. Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti: Teacher and Nation Builder. Litany Nigeria. ISBN 978-978-31846-0-2.


  1. ^ a b Raymond J. Smyke; Denis C. Storer (1974). Nigeria Union of Teachers: An Official History. Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ Dr. Akinniyi Savage (25 May 2010). LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN WESTERN NIGERIA: ABEOKUTA, 1830-1952.: A CASE STUDY OF EXEMPLARY INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 241–. ISBN 978-1-4691-1693-8.
  3. ^ Ademola Kuti (1999). Ten Years On, a Decade of Royal Selfless Service 20th of May 1989 to 20th of May 1999: Salute to Kabiyesi Alaiyeluwa Oba Dr. Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso. publisher not identified. ISBN 978-978-34838-3-5.
  4. ^ Bayo Onanuga (2000). People in the News, 1900-1999: A Survey of Nigerians of the 20th Century. Independent Communications Network Limited. ISBN 978-978-32284-0-5.
  5. ^ L. H. Ofosu-Appiah, Dictionary of African Biography, Volume on Ghana & Ethiopia, volume on Sierra Leone & Zaire, (New York : Reference Publications, 1977-)
  6. ^ "Halls of Residence". University of Ibadan. University of Ibadan. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  7. ^ Times Newspapers Ltd; Obituaries from the Times (Volume 1, 1961-1970; Vol.2, 1971- 1975)