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Biopic on Funmilayo Ransome Kuti will hit cinemas May 17


April 17, 2024

‘Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti,’ a biopic by Bolanle Austen Peters, has been scheduled for nationwide cinema release on May 17, 2024, following a well-received limited screening in 2023.

Starring Joke Silva, Kehinde Bankole, Adunni Ade, Iyimide Ayo-Olumoko, Ibrahim Suleiman, and Iremide Adeoye, the movie tells the tale of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s mother, from her groundbreaking years as the first female pupil at Abeokuta Grammar School to her union with Israel Ransome-Kuti. 

The film’s impact extends beyond the screen, having gained two prestigious awards at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) for Best Overall feature film and Best Screenplay.

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti is a film that honours an extraordinary woman who with her husband opposed injustice and founded the Abeokuta Women’s Union. This led to a bloody conflict with traditional and colonial leaders who stood in the way of justice and fairness.