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‘Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti’ Takes Off for Prime Video Following a Compelling Cinematic Journey.

Streaming platform partnership strengths as it adds on one of Africa’s finest historical see titles.

  • Faith Oloruntoyin
  • 21st June 2024

Award-winning biopic Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti commences streaming on Prime Video today, Friday, June 21, 2024 after a five week nationwide cinematic run which ended on Thursday, June 20, 2024. 



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The feature movie rounds up its one-month nationwide cinematic release with a gross income of over ₦141 million according to a report by the Cinemas Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN).


Written by Tunde Babalola the movie tells the tale of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s mother, from her groundbreaking years as the first female pupil at Abeokuta Grammar School to her union with Israel Ransome-Kuti. She and her husband opposed injustice and founded the Abeokuta Women’s Union. This led to a bloody conflict with traditional and colonial leaders who stood in the way of justice and fairness.


Directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters, the cast includes veteran actor Joke Silva, best lead actress AMVCA 2024 Kehinde Bankole, Adunni Ade, Iyimide Ayo-Olumoko, Ibrahim Suleiman, Adebayo Salami, Omowunmi Dada, Jide Kosoko, Delete Odule, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Yewande Osamein and Iremide Adeoye.



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FRK’s progress has been interesting to see as it began with a brief screening, from September 8 to September 14, 2023, at the Silverbird Cinema in Victoria Island, Lagos and then gained two prestigious awards at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2023 for Best Overall Feature Film and Best Screenplay and then Best Writing in a Movie at this year’s Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA)

The upcoming Prime release gives everyone who wasn’t able to see it at the cinemas a chance to and lovers of the movie an opportunity to have a re-watch.

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