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Jibolu-Taiwo family

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The Jibolu-Taiwo family is a prominent Nigerian Yoruba family. Of Saro origin, its members have distinguished themselves in the fields of religion, politics, education, and the arts.[1]

Parent houseOodua
Current regionNigeria
Place of originAbeokuta
Foundedc.19th century
FounderSarah Taiwo
Connected familiesRansome-Kuti family
Estate(s)Kemta House


The family claims descent from Sarah Taiwo, a Yoruba woman who had been captured by slave traders in the early 19th century and carried off into slavery before eventually returning home to her family in Abeokuta.

As part of the ascendant Nigerian bourgeoisie, she and her three husbands later contributed to the rise of their homeland: Sarah's numerous descendants through her husbands - who are today known as the Jibolu-Taiwos - became some of the first Christians in the area, and had a large influence on the growth of Christianity in Abeokuta.[2]

The family would eventually go on to become one of the city's most illustrious, providing many chiefs for the Egbas. It currently has branches in the U.K. and the U.S., and is led by an elected chief who is styled as its Olori Ebi.[3] Prominent members have included the political activist Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti,[4][5] and the educator Chief Alaba Lawson.[6][7]


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  1. "Home page". Retrieved May 30, 2022.
  2. Johnson-Odim, Cheryl; Mba, Nina Emma (1997). For Women and the Nation: Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti of Nigeria, pp. 19-23. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-06613-8.
  3. "Family celebrates 84 year bond". Retrieved May 30, 2022.
  4. Martin, Maria (2018). Ojo Nro: An Intellectual History Of Nigerian Women's Nationalism In An Umbrella Organization, 1947-1967, p. 267.
  5. "Pa George Ebenezer Sobowale Thomas" (PDF). Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  6. "Chief Isaac Olufusibi Coker (Alias Aderupoko)" (PDF). Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  7. "My Mother Feared I Would Be Killed If I Was Made Iyalode - Alaba Lawson". Retrieved November 19, 2022.

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