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Celebrating the Legacy of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti with Kehinde Bankole, Ibrahim Suleiman

The biopic highlights the life and legacy of the remarkable Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, whose influence continues to inspire generations.

Nollywire interviewed the stars of the highly anticipated Bolanle Austen-Peters’ movie ‘Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti’ at its grand premiere.

Kehinde Bankole lit up as she spoke about the significance of telling the story of Ransome-Kuti. “We mustn’t forget where we come from. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti is a beacon of strength and resilience. Her greatness wasn’t just in her own achievements but in how she empowered her children and their children. Even today, the Kuti name shines brightly as a testament to her enduring legacy.”

Omowunmi Dada, who breathed life into Grace Eniola Soyinka in the film, radiated excitement as she shared why this story is so vital. “When I posted the trailer, many of my friends only knew Funmilayo as the first woman to drive a car [in Nigeria]. But there’s so much more to her. Women like Funmilayo and Grace Eniola blazed trails so we could soar. Despite facing immense opposition from the government, she never backed down. These are the powerful African stories the world needs to hear.”

Ibrahim Suleiman, embodying Israel Ransome-Kuti, reflected on the profound impact of Funmilayo’s legacy. “It’s deeply inspiring to see how her efforts have rippled through generations. Each era brings new challenges, yet the spirit of women like Funmilayo guides us. Her legacy is a testament to the enduring power of determination and courage.”

Iremide Adeoye, playing a younger Israel, spoke about the tender love story between Funmilayo and her husband. “From their youth, Israel cherished her spirit. He wasn’t threatened by her ambition; he celebrated it. Their love was one of mutual respect and unwavering support. It’s a beautiful example of partnership.”

Joseph Umoibom, the film’s producer, shared insights into the meticulous research behind the project. “We connected deeply with the Ransome-Kuti family, who were incredibly generous with their stories and even their home, where Funmilayo once lived. Filming there added a layer of authenticity and reverence to our work.”

Shawn Faqua, portraying Beko Ransome-Kuti, couldn’t hide his admiration. “Funmilayo was a phenomenal woman whose story deserves to be celebrated. This movie honours her legacy, and being part of it feels like making history.”

Nollywood star Yemi Blaq, reflecting on the film, said, “It’s empowering to see a film that honours women who believed fiercely in themselves and fought valiantly for justice. It reminds us that with belief and determination, anything is possible.”

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti is now showing in cinemas, inviting audiences to discover and celebrate the extraordinary life of a woman whose legacy continues to inspire and uplift.

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