Born into the family of Late Azariah Olusegun (MBE) and Mrs. Folorunsho Ransome-Kuti, Yemisi had her education in both the UK and Nigeria with degrees and diplomas in Business, Management, Aesthetics, Counseling, and Human Resources Management.

Olutola Oluyemisi Ransome-Kuti, mother of 4 and 2 grand children was born on 18th December 1947 and grew up with her cousins, Professor Wole Soyinka, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Beko Ransome-Kuti etc.  She is the grand daughter of Late Canon J.J Ransome-Kuti, only child of Late Azariah and Folorunsho Ransome-Kuti and is the current Head of the Ransome-Kuti Family.

Her career saw her working with Multinationals, Ministries, Broadcasting Stations, and International Organizations as National Coordinator, Managing Director, Marketer, Newscaster and Producer, Chief Executive, Director General and Consultant.  Organizations she worked for included Shell Nigeria Limited (Now Conoil), Institute of International Affairs, National AIDS/STD Control Programme (NASCP), Federal Ministry of Health Social Services, Western Nigerian Television Station (WNTV) & Western Nigerian Broadcasting Station (WNBS), International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), BBC London and the World Bank to mention a few.

The Founder & former Executive Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs  (NNNGO) & Senatorial Candidate for Lagos Central during the 2011 elections has held the following positions, amongst others, in the course of her professional life:

  • Chief Executive – Ransome Properties Nig. Ltd (Rtd)
  • Consultant –  World Bank – 2nd National Urban Water Sector Reform Project
  • Member – National Council – NEPAD – African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
  • Member – National Steering Committee – 2nd African Peer Review
  • Facilitator –  Governance & Institutions Policy Commission, Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG)
  • Chairman – Lagos Chapter, Coalition for Issues-Based Politics & Good Governance (CIPOGG)
  • Research Associate – Centre for African Policy & Peace Strategy
  • Chairman  –  Lagos Island Resident’s Association (LIRA)
  • Member – Board of Trustees – Generation Enterprise
  • Member  –  United Nations Task Force on Hearings for the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the 65th Session of the General Assembly
  • Member – Job Creation Committee of the Ministry of Finance, Federal Government of Nigeria
  • Member – Bring Back Our Girls, Women for Peace & Justice in Nigeria Movement


Her love and interest in emancipating the less privileged continues to motivate her as she voluntarily works, mentors and donates to many organizations such as, Soroptimist International, Campaign for Democracy, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR), United Action for Democracy, Girl Watch, Sickle Cell Club, Cosmopolitan Women’s Club and the Nigeria Network of NGOs amongst others.

During the Abacha days, Yemisi used her energies and resources in the struggle for democracy in Nigeria.  At the peak of the junta, she wrote to the Queen of England and the British Government threatening to return the MBE honour given to her father to the British Parliament, if Britain did not intervene in the crisis in Nigeria.  This, amongst other initiatives, resulted in increased pressure from Britain on Nigeria to resolve the political crisis.

Her incarceration on her way to attend the Beijing Women Conference and subsequent release inspired and increased her interest and resolve to continue to fight for the development of the Nigerian polity. Her leadership qualities have been applauded & immortalised by the establishment of the YRK Leadership Awards to deserving Civil Society Organisation Leaders in 2015.

With reading, dancing, music, swimming and traveling as her hobbies, Yemisi has won many laurels and awards for herself in this and many other aspects of literary and social activity such as Gold Medal, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), First Class Certificate – Drama at the Bristol Eisteddfod and Civil Social Activist of the Year.