History ‘ll Remember Me for Playing ‘Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti’ – Kehinde Bankole

June 24, 2024

Top actress, Kehinde Bankole, has opened up on taking on the momentous role of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the legendary activist and Afrobeat matriarch.

The revered role interpreter who won the Best Lead Actress at the recently concluded Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) and also landed the role of Moremi in Disney animated anthology series, Kizazi Moto, noted that history would remember her portrayal of the role, saying it reminded her she had to write her own.

“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”.

Bankole, known for her captivating performances in films like ‘Sista’ is no stranger to challenging roles.

However, embodying Funmilayo presents a unique opportunity.

“Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a force of nature. Her strength, resilience, and unwavering commitment to justice are an inspiration. I know through this film, audiences will not only be entertained, but also learn about the incredible legacy she left behind and learn more about our history as a people”, she said.

Bankole also added that playing the role impacted the direction of her own NGO, The Kehinde Bankole Foundation ‘What about the people’.

“Funmilayo’s relentless pursuit of a better Nigeria ignited a fire within me. It challenged me to not just be a displeased observer, but to become an active participant in creating positive change. This profound shift led to the creation of WATP – What About The People? – a non-profit organization dedicated to re orientating and empowering communities and advocating for social and behavioural change”, she said.