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Joke Silva Will Play Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti In The Upcoming Biopic

Joke Silva Will Play Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti In The Upcoming Biopic 

The actress will appear in the upcoming biography with the Kuti children and grandkids.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

Joke Silva has been cast as the lead in BAP Productions’ next musical based on the life of activist Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.

Silva will play Kuti, together with Kehinde Bankole, Omowunmi Dada, Ibrahim Suleiman, Patrick Diabuah, and Shawn Faqua.

Filmmaker Bolanle Austen-Peters, who is scheduled to helm the biopic with the working title ‘Funmilayo: The Lioness of Lisabi,’ tweeted a video with members of the Kuti family and Silva on what looks to be a film set, confirming the project’s cast.

“So we started and made history today. We wanted to create a legacy project so we went for authentic stuff,” Peters wrote on Instagram.

How can it get more authentic than having the true blood of Funmilayo Ransome Kuti in the room. Funmilayo had four children. Dolupo, Olikoye, Olufela ala “Fela” and Bekolari. They were all represented by their children and niece for Dolupo. The head of the Ransome Kuti family was there; Mr Dotun Ransome Kuti (the son of Olikoye playing his Dad, Olikoye; the first child of Fela was there too, Yeni playing her Aunt Dolupo and Fela’s son too, Kunle was there playing Fela, his Father.

“They came to pay homage but they did more. Loading FRK the movie. Thanks to the estate of Funmilayo who entrusted me with the story and access to family archives. This story will inspire many of us.”

The filmmaker confirmed the start of work on the biopic in November. It is scheduled to debut in 2022.

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