Kehinde Bankole reflects on Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti role


By John Ogunsemore

Versatile actress, Kehinde Bankole has described her portrayal of legendary female activist, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, in Bolanle Austen-Peters’ biopic as a powerful experience.

Bankole starred alongside Joke Silva, Adunni Ade, Adebayo Salami, Jide Kosoko, and Dele Odule in the film, which claimed several awards including Best Overall Feature Film in the 2023 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).

For her brilliant performance, the 39-year-old also won Best Lead Actress at the recently concluded Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).

On the role, Bankole said, “Playing Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a powerful experience, not just for portraying an incredible woman, but for witnessing the strength that comes from women uniting.

“Funmilayo understood this deeply. Through the Abeokuta Women’s Union (AWU), she built a force for change, a testament to the power of collective action.”

She added, “Playing this role is more than just acting.It’s a chance to truly understand the struggles and triumphs of a woman who paved the way for so many. History will remember me for this.

“The impact the film has had since its release has been incredible. Hearing stories of women inspired by Funmilayo’s story, of the fight for justice being rekindled in people, that’s what makes this project so special.

“It’s a testament to the enduring legacy of the legendary Funmilayo herself, and it reminds me that I have to write my own history. I’m simply grateful to have been a part of sharing it with the world alongside the Producer and Director, Bolanle Austen- Peters.”

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