“Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti” Biopic Shines on Prime Video

"Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti" Biopic Shines on Prime Video

The new biopic “Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti,” directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters, is now available on Prime Video, celebrating the life of one of Nigeria’s most influential figures. The film beautifully portrays the journey of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a pioneer in the fight against colonial rule and for women’s rights, showcasing her as a formidable force in Nigeria’s history.

Bringing History to Life

Released on May 17, 2024, the film captivates with its rich cinematography and detailed production design, transporting viewers to 20th-century Nigeria. The vibrant visuals and authentic settings immerse the audience in the era, from colonial architecture to traditional attire, creating a powerful backdrop for Ransome-Kuti’s story​​.

The Story of a Trailblazer

The biopic traces Funmilayo’s life from her days as the first female student at Abeokuta Grammar School to her leadership in the Abeokuta Women’s Union (AWU). It highlights her courageous stand against oppressive colonial policies and her relentless fight for gender equality. One of the most riveting parts of the film is her successful campaign against the Alake of Egbaland, a local ruler who imposed exorbitant taxes on women. Through persistent protests and mobilizing thousands of women, Ransome-Kuti’s efforts led to the Alake’s abdication, marking a major victory for women’s rights in Nigeria​​.

Powerful Performances

Kehinde Bankole shines in the role of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, delivering a nuanced performance that captures her strength and determination. Bankole’s use of the Egba dialect during key protest scenes adds authenticity and emotional depth. The film also features standout performances from Joke Silva as the older Funmilayo and Ibrahim Suleiman as her supportive husband, Israel Ransome-Kuti​​.

Modern Relevance

While rooted in historical events, the film draws clear parallels with current social issues, reminding viewers of the ongoing fight for equality and justice. It reflects on the importance of grassroots activism and the collective power of women, making it highly relevant today​​.

Critical Acclaim

“Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti” has garnered widespread acclaim, winning Best Overall Feature Film and Best Screenplay at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). It has also received multiple nominations at the 2024 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, underscoring its impact and excellence in Nollywood filmmaking​​.

A Must-Watch

This biopic is a must-watch for anyone interested in history, activism, and powerful storytelling. It not only educates but also inspires, offering a profound look at the life of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti and her indomitable spirit. Through exceptional performances and a compelling narrative, “Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti” ensures that her legacy continues to inspire future generations.

OduNews on Google News

Submit press release, news tips to us: tips@odunews.com | Follow us @ODUNewsNG 

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More