Joke Silva to play Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti in Bolanle Austen-Peters directed biopic

The veteran actress will star alongside the Kuti children and grandchildren in the forthcoming biopic.

Joke Silva (Guardian)

Star actress, Joke Silva has landed the lead role in BAP productions' forthcoming production based on the life of activist Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.

Silva will star in the lead role as Kuti alongside Kehinde Bankole, Omowunmi Dada, Ibrahim Suleiman, Patrick Diabuah and Shawn Faqua.

Confirming the project's cast, filmmaker Bolanle Austen-Peters who is set to direct the biopic with working title 'Funmilayo: The Lioness of Lisabi', shared a video featuring members of the Kuti family and Silva on what appears to be a film set.

"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.”

Recall the filmmaker announced the commencement of the biopic's production in Novemeber. It is set to premiere in 2022.

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