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    Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti Biopic Wins Big at 2023 AFRIFF Awards

    Producer & Director of ‘Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti’ (RSK), Mrs Bolanle Austen-Peters, receiving the award for Best Feature Film at the just-conckuded African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) …last weekend

    The 12th edition of the yearly African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) ended with a bang, as the dazzling AFRIFF Globe Awards took the stage. The awards celebrated the best of African and global cinema, honoring films across a wide range of genres and categories.

    The AFRIFF Globe Awards recognised the diversity and creativity of the film industry, with films that were original, innovative, and socially relevant. One film that stole the show was Bolanle Austen-Peters’ “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti which won the coveted Best Overall Feature Film award and also the Best Screenplay award.

    Directed by the visionary Bolanle Austen-Peters, and written by Tunde Babalola, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (FRK) is notable for its brilliant storytelling, unique characters, and stunning craftsmanship. The film follows the story of Fela’s mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti from her pioneering days as the first female student at Abeokuta Grammar School to her marriage to Israel Ransome-Kuti.

    Together, they challenge oppression and create the Abeokuta Women’s Union, igniting a fierce battle against colonial and traditional rulers. This narrative artfully contrasts FRK’s tireless activism with her delicate balancing act as a wife and mother, revealing the indomitable spirit of a woman who changed the course of history. This film emerges as one contribution to the important conversations people are having now around women, identity and the constant push for equality.

    Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was one of the films in consideration for the Oscars by the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences. The film will be released on Amazon Prime Video soon.

    Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions has some incredible work slated for completion and release and can’t wait to return next year. The AFRIFF Globe Awards were the perfect finale to a week-long festival that united filmmakers, actors, critics, and fans from all over the world, to celebrate the beauty and strength of African cinema.

    The phenomenal cast features groundbreaking performances from Joke Silva, Kehinde Bankole, Ibrahim Suleiman, Jide Kosoko, Dele Odule, Adebayo Salami, Keppy Ekpenyong, Adunni Ade, Omowunmi Dada, Patrick Diabuah and others.

    Below are the full list of winners:

    • Best Overall Feature Film: “Funmilayo Ransom Kuti”
    • Audience Choice Award: “I Do Not Come To You By Chance”
    • Access Bank Best Short Film: “Until”23”
    • Best Documentary: “White Nanny Black Child”
    • Oronto Douglas Best Feature Film: “Funmilayo Ransom Kuti”
    • Best International Feature: “Brothers,” Directed by Darkhan Tulegenov
    • Best Director: Ellie Foumbi, “Our Father, The Devil”
    • Best Performance Male: Gregory Ojefua “This is Lagos/Black Harvest”
    • Special Jury Prize: “All the Colours of the World” and “White Nanny Black Child”
    • Best International Short Film: “Nzu”
    • Best Animation: “When Hearts Touch”
    • Best Student Short Film: “Man and Masquerade”
    • Best Screenplay: Tunde Babalola – “Funmilayo Ransom Kuti”
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