June 23, 2024
Omowunmi Dada Honoured To Play Wole Soyinka’s Mother in ‘Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti’
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Omowunmi Dada Honoured To Play Wole Soyinka’s Mother in ‘Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti’

Nollywood actress, Omowunmi Dada, has reflected on her role as Grace Eniola Soyinka, the mother of the Nigerian playwright and novelist, Wole Soyinka, in the new biopic film, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.

Dada discussed her thoughts on the character and the story’s significance for a wider audience, she says it is an honour to portray Grace Eniola Soyinka and to bring her story to audiences worldwide. 

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The Abeokuta Women’s Union was established by Grace Eniola Soyinka and her aunt-in-law, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, to protest taxes implemented by the Alake of Abeokuta. The union, which had a membership of 20,000 women, eventually evolved into the national organisation known as the Nigerian Women’s Union.

The film, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, tells the story of 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.

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