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Madam-Efunroye-Tinubu

 

MADAM TINUBU

1810-1887

Madam Tinubu was born in Yorubaland, an area in what is now known as Nigeria. She was a MAJOR POLITICAL AND BUSINESS PLAYER, who campaigned against the influence of the British Empire over her people and for the elimination of slavery.
She became THE FIRST IYALODE OF THE EGBA CLAN AND IS CONSIDERED AN IMPORTANT FIGURE IN NIGERIAN HISTORY BECAUSE OF HER POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE AS A POWERFUL FEMALE ARISTOCRAT IN WEST Africa. Iyalode (queen of ladies) is a title commonly bestowed on the most prominent and distinguished woman in a town. SHE WAS ABLE TO BUILD A GREAT FINANCIAL EM

n 1833 Tinabu remarried Adele, an exiled oba (king) of Lagos. – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/gah/tinubu-madam-efunroye-ca-1805-1887#sthash.6xiIYwHa.dpuf

PIRE.Tinubu then moved to Lagos after Adele returned to his throne in 1835.  in 1837 he died making her now a widow with a son. her son Oluwole became  the new king and married his military advisor, Yesefu Bada.  Madam Tinabu  continued to expand her trade network by monopolizing slaves and palm oil, and offering firearms obtained from the Europeans, which increased her wealth during the Yoruba Wars of the 1840s and 1850s.
After TINUBU, A FORMER SLAVE TRADER HERSELF IN TOBACCO  AND SALT. This created for her a wealthy empire. After realizing  the treatment of he  African people who were  enslaved in Europe and the Americas was far more inhumane than the way slavery was practiced in Africa, she became a scathing opponent of all forms of slavery and used her influence to try to eliminate the practice in her region.

Madam Tinubu son died accidentally, after the burial she  arranged for her brother-in-law, Akintoye, to take the throne in Lagos. He in turn rewarded her with ownership of valuable stores in downtown Lagos. She made other investments in Lagos’s business district and built a mansion to show her status.    By 1845, as European nations repudiated slavery and turned to commercial crops from West Africa, she expanded her empire by controlling the major new items of commerce: palm oil, coconut oil, and cotton.  in the event of  her wanting more she broke every rule of trade.
 Madam Tinubu fell from power in Lagos when she challenged British  Consul Benjamin Campbell who railed against her economic hegemony and secret slave trading with Europeans and Brazilians. Tinubu in turn publicly castigated Campbell for his infringement on royal authority and sovereignty in Lagos. She organized a plot to remove Consul Campbell but before it could be implemented, Campbell confronted her with British gunboats in May of 1856 and demanded her exile from Lagos.  In the face of superior British military power, Tinubu was forced back to Abeokuta. She nonetheless remained a major trader in the interior of Nigeria until her death in 1887.

Madam Tinubu a self made financial  legend  remains one of the most important figures in 19th century Nigeria to this day.  Tinubu Square in Lagos remains one of the major commercial hubs in the city, a lasting tribute to her Brilliance, Power and Success.

 

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