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Do you love history movies? History buffs and fans of inspirational women, rejoice! The acclaimed biopic “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” is now available to stream on Prime Video.

Directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters, the film chronicles the remarkable life of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the mother of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.

The movie takes viewers on a captivating journey, starting with Funmilayo’s groundbreaking years as the first female student at Abeokuta Grammar School. This act of defiance set the stage for a life dedicated to fighting for equality and justice.

Love, marriage, and activism

The story follows Funmilayo as she meets and marries Israel Ransome-Kuti. Together, this passionate couple becomes a force for change. They joined forces to establish the Abeokuta Women’s Union, a powerful organization that challenged the status quo.

However, their fight for fairness brought them face-to-face with powerful figures who resisted change, leading to a fierce struggle against injustice.

Cast and award-winning success

“Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” boasts a talented cast, including veteran actress Joke Silva and rising stars like Kehinde Bankole. The film’s powerful message and captivating storytelling have garnered critical acclaim.

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It has grossed over ₦141.5 million and secured prestigious awards, including Best Overall Feature Film and Best Screenplay at the 2023 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), and Best Writing (Movie) at the 2024 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA).

Austen-Peters: championing biopics

Director Bolanle Austen-Peters is a passionate advocate for using film to educate younger generations about historical figures and cultural heritage.

Her commitment to biopics extends beyond “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.” In fact, she has another historical drama titled “House of Ga’a” set to premiere on Netflix this July 26th.

A look ahead: house of Ga’a

“House of Ga’a” delves into the fascinating story of Bashorun Gaha (Gaa), a powerful figure in Yoruba history. The film explores his reign as the Bashorun of the Oyo Empire during the 18th century, a time marked by his controversial use of both political cunning and voodoo to maintain control.

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Omoni Oboli’s ‘Wives On Strike’ To Return In 2024 With Hilda Dokubo, KieKie & May Yul-Edochie

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The Nigerian film “Wives on Strike” was a hit in 2016. It was followed by an equally successful sequel, “Wives on Strike: The Revolution” in 2018. The story isn’t over yet! On July 10, 2024, filmmaker Omoni Oboli announced the exciting news on her Instagram. She’s creating a new instalment to the series titled “The Uprising: Wives on Strike 3.”

This upcoming movie will likely build upon the themes of the first two films, which explored marital issues and female empowerment with a touch of humour.

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Guguru Studios Awarded ₦135m Grant To Co-Produce Musical On Illegal Mining In Ghana

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Nigerian film production company Guguru Studios has joined forces with three other African studios. They will create a new musical drama film titled “A Dream To Die For.” This exciting collaboration was made possible with a grant of €80,000 (approximately ₦135 million) awarded by the European Union.

This is with additional support from the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP), the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), Creation Africa Ghana (an initiative of the French embassy in Ghana), and others.

The four co-producing studios include Driving Park Limited and AdomiBridge Studios from Ghana, Togo Films from Togo, and Guguru Studios from Nigeria.

This pan-African partnership shows a step forward for the film industry on the continent, as Juliet Yaa Asantewa Asante, the executive secretary of Ghana’s National Film Authority highlighted. Ms. Asantewa Asante emphasizes the importance of co-productions between African filmmakers. It fosters growth and collaboration within the industry.

“A Dream To Die For,” will tackle the complex issue of illegal small-scale gold mining in Ghana.

This act is known locally as “galamsey” which translates to “gather them and sell.” David Masterwille wrote the film.

The story follows a group of young musicians who become entangled in the dangerous world of galamsey. This collaboration between studios from diverse African nations brings a wealth of experience and perspectives. Also, it offers the potential for a powerful and nuanced exploration of this critical social and environmental issue.

This isn’t the first example of successful African film collaboration. Play Network Studios from Nigeria and Mondjila Studios from Namibia previously teamed up to produce the thriller “The Skeleton Coast.” This demonstrated the growing trend and potential of such partnerships within the African film scene.

The Guguru Studios-led project with “A Dream To Die For” promises to be another exciting addition to this movement. Furthermore, it brings together creative minds from across the continent to tell a story that resonates on a global scale.

The financial backing from the European Union and other organizations paves the way for this ambitious project. It demonstrates a recognition of the burgeoning talent and potential of African filmmakers.

With a strong creative team, a relevant social theme, and the support of international collaboration, “A Dream To Die For” is poised to impact the African and international film landscape significantly.

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See Full List Of The Nominated Films At 2024 TINFF Awards

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Excitement is brewing for the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) Awards! This annual event, now in its 8th year, celebrates the best of Nigerian film and music. It’s a chance for industry professionals and fans to come together for screenings, workshops, and of course, the prestigious awards ceremony.

This year’s TINFF Awards hold even more significance. It’s the first African and Nigerian film festival to be accredited by Telefilm Canada and the Canadian Screen Awards (CSA), the leading film organization in Canada. This recognition highlights the growing global influence of Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming film industry.

The 2023 awards ceremony was a night to remember, honouring talented Nigerian actors like Omotola Jalade Ekehinde, Jide Oyegbile, and Stella Damasus.

Mark your calendars! The 2024 festival runs from September 8th to 15th, culminating in the gala and award night on September 14th and 15th, respectively.

Now, let’s meet the nominees! In the Best Actor category, we have Wale Ojo, Pete Edochie, and Uzor Arukwe – all set to deliver some serious competition. The Best Actress category boasts equally impressive talent: Tope Olowoniyan, Omowunmi Dada, and Sharon Ooja-Nwoke.

The TINFF Awards also recognize the contributions of female filmmakers. The Best African Female Filmmaker category features Cordelia Emeh and Biodun Stephen for “The Subterfuge,” and Tana Egbo-Adelana and Ego Nworji for “Tender Hedges.” Interestingly, “The Subterfuge” seems to be a strong contender this year, with multiple nominations.

With a respected jury, a diverse pool of nominees, and the growing global recognition of Nollywood, the 8th annual Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival promises to be a star-studded event. Keep an eye out for “The Subterfuge” and other nominees, and get ready to celebrate the magic of Nigerian cinema!

See the complete list below:

  • Emmanuel Ilondior – Foreign Path 2 – Canada
  • Emmanuel Kabongo – Sway – Canada
  • Pete Edochie – Nnewi The Land Of Gold – Nigeria
  • Ayo Makun – Merry Men 3 (Nemesis) – Nigeria
  • Wole Ojo and Ego Nworji – Tender Hedges – Nigeria
  • Jimmy Odukoya – I Am Nazzy – Nigeria
  • Bimbo Manuel – My Name Is Misan – Nigeria
  • Eso Dike – Why We Never Were – Nigeria
  • Uzor Arukwe – The Subterfuge – Nigeria – UK
  • Floyd Igbo – Shaping Us – Nigeria – UK
  • Mamadou Moustapha – Des Le Debut – Canada
  • Emmanuel Sabinus Chukwemeka – Dead Serious – Nigeria
  • James Gardner – Devil Is A Liar
  • Isaac Odeniran – Angry People Of God – UK – Nigeria
  • Tope Olowoniyan – Depth Of Us – Nigeria
  • Bukunmi Oluwasina – White and Black – Nigeria, Uk
  • Ireti Doyle – Merry Men 3 (Nemesis) – Nigeria
  • Nadia Buari – Merry Men 3 (Nemesis) – Ghana, Nigeria
  • Tana Egbo-Adelana – Ego Nworji – Tender Hedges – Nigeria
  • Omowunmi Dada – L.I.F.E. – Nigeria
  • Chinonso Arubayi – I Am Nazzy – Nigeria
  • Blessing Jessica Obasi – The Subterfuge – Nigeria, UK
  • Kambilia Ofili – Shaping Us – Nigeria
  • Osas Ighodaro – Love, Lust & Other Things – Nigeria
  • Sharon Ooja – Dead Serious – Nigeria
  • Nancy Isime – Move Like A Boss – Nigeria
  • Yvonne Jegede – Sunset In The North – Nigeria
  • Daddy
  • Mirrors
  • Dangerous Mission
  • Rebellion
  • Survivors
  • The Subterfuge
  • Life
  • Broke and Proud
  • Tarella” Princess Of The Nile
  • Jagun Jagun (The Warrior)
  • Shapin Us
  • Afamefuna
  • Off The Edge
  • Tienes 24 Horas (24 Hours Left) – Spain
  • 07.03 (7th of the 3rd)
  • Wole Soyinka
  • Love, Lust & Other Things
  • Cordelia Emeh and Biodun Stephen – The Subterfuge – Nigeria/United Kingdom
  • Claret Onukogu – Dangerous Mission – Nigeria
  • Doyinsola Ajayi and Linda Marrick–Maki – Nigeria
  • Chinonso Ngozi Arubayi – I Am Nazzy – Nigeria
  • Tana Egbo-Adelana – Ego Nworj – Tender Hedges – Nigeria
  • Lolo Eremie – Tarella: Princess Of The Nile – Nigeria
  • Chika Sally McKay – Patted Lie – Nigeria
  • Chinwe Eboh – Nnewi The Land Of Gold – Nigeria
  • Roberta Orioma 0 Why We Never Were – Nigeria
  • Pamela Tendayi Nyeke 0 Burns and Song – Zimbabwe
  • Illusion of Ego – China
  • Italia – Italy
  • Shania Twain – Giddy Up – USA
  • 25 Ifedola Street – Nigeria
  • Mother’s Love – AAMA KO Mamata – Nepal
  • Hair – Canada
  • New Me – USA
  • Heading For The Light – United Kingdom
  • Ahora (It Is Now) – Spain
  • Coyote – Pocho featuring MC Magic – USA
  • Mama Said – Germany
  • Me. You. The Sea – Austria
  • Dobriy Zloy – Sirotkin – Uzbekistan
  • Raindrops – USA
  • Gethsemane – Canada
  • Chekhov – Syria
  • Wrong Direction – Germany
  • Blue – China
  • There Is Fire – France
  • Barbie, My Angel! – Vietnam
  • Release Nuclear Contaminated Water – Hong Kong
  • Olga’s Eyes – Belgium
  • Tear Of Ixora – Nigeria
  • Blessed By Sunlight – Kenya & Poland
  • Repercussions – Netherlands
  • Elegy – Belgium
  • Rever – Germany
  • Paired – Canada
  • Serial Hunters – Angola
  • Happy Curly
  • Survival – Nigeria

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