Nigerian Women In History

A Brief History Of Alimotu Pelewura -The Uneducated Fish Seller Who Fought For Women’s Right To Vote And Against Taxation



Alimotu Pelewura was the woman who led the Lagos Market Women’s Association in its struggles for women’s right to vote and against taxation during the colonial era.

Even though Pelewura was an uneducated fish seller,  she greatly influenced decisions to the favor of her fellow market women. During the colonial era, she paid clerks and hired lawyers to represent them in their struggles. She wielded so much power that she became a source of concern to the British officials.

As a result of her influence, market women exercised a great deal of control over the markets, decided on locations, fixed prices, provided for upkeep, and gave loans to members.

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Pelewura, together with other market women strongly protested the price control plan popularly known as the Pullen scheme named after its director, Captain A.P. Pullen.

She also worked with several nationalist parties as well as the Nigerian National Democratic Party and, in 1938, she served in the Nigerian Union of Young Democrats. In 1945, during a major general strike, market women in support of the striking worker reduced the prices of goods.

In 1947, she was given the title of ‘Erelu,’ for representing the interests of women.

She died in 1951 and thousands of people gathered at her burial.



  1. Oke-Bello Gbolahan

    Oke-Bello Gbolahan

    June 21, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Continue to rest in peace great grandma, thanks to Lagos State Governor (Military Administrator)for d gesture at least naming a market after u Pelewura Market, Adeniji Adele in Lagos.

    • Ajakaiye Kazeem Adio

      Ajakaiye Kazeem Adio

      June 22, 2017 at 9:46 am

      G.m we children ad d grand children of Madan Pelewura believe u are dear 4 d family .Thanks

  2. LOlia Victoria

    LOlia Victoria

    June 21, 2017 at 9:18 am

    It only means one thing……Education or not do ur best possible to be a good human being 😊 leave a life u will be remembered for 🖒 a good one at that.

  3. Joyce Baah Payne

    Joyce Baah Payne

    June 21, 2017 at 10:43 am


  4. Cecilia Omotejohwo Akwah

    Cecilia Omotejohwo Akwah

    June 22, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Every human being is created for a purpose all you need do is to realise it early and work hard to achieve it whether you are educated or not you don’t have to under rate yourself you have to live a life that you will be remembered for either you live for good or bad it is better to live for good

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