The story behind our "Kuti" duster!

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Our Back to Lagos Collection has really opened our eyes to various influential women in Nigeria. We've mentioned Agbani Darego as well as Miriam Makeba and now it's time to shed light on the incomparable Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti!

 

You may be very familiar with the last name Kuti do to hearing various stories about Fela Kuti {a world renowned composer/musician who also became a leading human rights activist who led the way for the women of Nigeria to have the rights to vote}. His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat in Nigeria. She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. Ransome-Kuti's political activism led to her being described as the doyen of female rights in Nigeria, as well as to her being regarded as "The Mother of Africa." 

Kuti was the mother of the Nigerian activists Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a musician; Beko Ransome-Kuti, a doctor; and Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, a doctor and health minister. She was also grandmother to musicians Seun Kuti and Femi Kuti. She is highly regarded in her native Nigeria for notable acts as an African woman.

You now can see why such strength comes from wearing this duster. There was no mistake in choosing the fabric or the selection in name for the garment. It all ties in perfectly! "The Kuti" - strong... resilient... and inexplicably beautiful!

We adore it!

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