It was alice huyler ramsey in june 9 1909
On March 13, 1934, the Reverend Ransome-Kuti's mother died, which
had a profound efifect on him. He wrote to his friend Solanke that it
“night well paralysed me” and subsequently spent a short while in a small
“vacation” bungalow the couple had bought not far from Abeokuta.”
Just eight months before, the reverend's younger brother, joshua Ola-
remi had committed suicide.”

Between March 1935 and July 1936, the Ransome-Kutis carried on a
running correspondence with Solanke about two cars; they had sent him
money to purchase the vehicles in England and to have them delivered
to Nigeria. The reverend had been riding a motorised bike and FRK
had sometimes ridden a bicycle, a practice she had begun in England."
The reverend had a moderately serious accident on his motorbike, and
apparently after that the couple decided to buy a car." In fact, FRK be-
came the first woman to drive a car in Abeokuta.”

The cars were shipped separately; the second arrived as a replacement
of the first, which never ran properly. Given the couple's limited means,
they were forced to purchase used cars. Both the Ransome-Kutis, how-
ever, were scandalized by the condition of the cars sent them
and felt that he had been careless, not choosing the cars well. Probably
he bought the best he could for what they could afford.

FRK apparently read a lot about cars, at one point cautioning Solanke
about the second. replacement car: “Before the car is sent please see that
the following are good: the brakes, the plugs, the clutch, the gear . . . and
that the battery is practically new. I had never had anything to do with
cars in my life and you can see that this car has taught me a lot about
cars.” “ She was also concerned about the availability of spare parts, even
if they had to be shipped from England. At another point, she excoriated
Solanke. saying a mechanic in Nigeria had labeled the car “fifth hand"
and adding, “Cursed was the day on which we cabled you money for a
car!"" In separate letters, both Ransome-Kutis demanded their money
back for the car. It is not clear whether Solanke refunded the money but
the friendship certainly survived the crisis and the couple maintained
their close relations with him.

In 1935, FRK had another child, a son, born in Sacred Heart Hospital
in Abeokuta, who died two weeks after his birth.“ In October 1936, she
had a miscarriage in her sixth month of pregnancy. The child, a daughter,
lived for two days. The Reverend Ransome-Kuti was very concerned for
Funmilayo’s health after the miscarriage and was much relieved when
she seemed completely recovered. He maintained a vigil by her bed-
side and afterward wrote his friend Solanke about the experience." Two
more children. both sons, were born to the Ransome-Kutis in the Gen-
eral Hospital in Abeokuta: Olufela in 1938 and Beltolari in 1940.

- Source
For Women and the Nation: Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti of Nigeria
By Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Nina Emma Mba