Tayo Agunbiade

About Tayo

Tayo Agunbiade is a graduate of History from the University of Lagos and a graduate of Women Development Studies from the University of East London.

She started her professional career as a reporter/ researcher for the African Guardian magazine and worked in the United Kingdom as a freelance journalist with West Africa Magazine and later on, as an administrator with Marie Stopes International and as a broadcast journalist, creating and producing development-focused television and radio programmes for Ogun State Government from 2003 to 2011.

She was also a columnist for This Day Newspaper and chaired the Editorial Board of Compass Newspapers Ltd, Isheri, Lagos, from 2011 to 2013. Tayo also created and hosted a live radio programme on Road Safety on Star FM 101.5 in Lagos.  

She is the lead author of ‘Gender and Political Communication in Africa’, in Olukotun & Omotoso, Political Communication in Africa, 2017 (Eds.) During the 2019 elections, she set-up and co-ordinated the women’s situation-room on live radio programme on Rock City FM in Abeokuta, Ogun State, and publishes a newsletter called Gender Perspective.

She has also written for Al Jazeera News Network and currently works as a research consultant at the National Assembly, Abuja.

Tayo is the author of ‘Emerging from the Margins: Women’s Experiences in Nigeria’s Colonial and Contemporary History.’


Remembering Margaret Ekpo and the Enugu strike massacre

Article on Aljazeera​

As her plane touched down in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday, February 2, 1959, there was only one thing on the mind of the celebrated Nigerian politician and activist, Margaret Ekpo: the upcoming federal elections in December and how she could further her fight for women’s rights on the back of them.

A frequent traveller, Ekpo had just completed a trip to the United States. Now returning to her base in Aba, eastern Nigeria, she was about to deliver another speech from her political armoury.

HerStory -Oyinkan Abayomi’s Nigerian Women’s Political Party

Article on BookArtVille

So Mrs. Oyinkan Abayomi MBE, daughter of Sir Kitoyi Ajasa, had had enough.
She was raised and schooled to be independent-minded and belonged to the category of women referred to in that era as “western-educated.”   But the colonial government was having none of the likes of Abayomi, and what more, the electoral qualifications were tailored towards keeping them out of the mainstream.

Remembering Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti: Nigeria’s ‘lioness of Lisabi’

Article on Aljazeera

On February 18, 1977, approximately 1,000 soldiers stormed a compound in Lagos. It belonged to the famed Afrobeat musician and critic of Nigeria’s military government, Fela Kuti.

During the raid, Kuti’s 76-year-old mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was thrown from a second-storey window. She sustained injuries from which she never recovered and died at the General Hospital in Lagos on April 13, 1978.

Participation of women in politics: The Nigerian context

Article on The Cable

To fully understand gender inequalities in Nigeria’s political space, we should examine the historical trajectory of female participation in politics and elective representation.

The introduction of the principle of elective representation to Nigeria in 1922, was initially targeted at male candidates and voters.  This discrimination added a layer to existing indigenous patriarchy, and formally laid the trend of marginalisation of women in electoral politics and public decision-making institutions.


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