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“Efunsetan Aniwura”: Funmi Holder To Release First Epic Film

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Produced by Funmi Holder and also directed by Joshua Ojo, Nollywood film “Efunsetan Aniwura” will be in cinemas from 31st January 2020. This is a film on a legendary women leader (Iyalode) in Ibadan.


The story of Efunsetan Aniwura is perhaps one of the most motivating thrillers in Yoruba political history. It captivates, in the most astounding manner, the place of women in Yoruba political history.


However, all along, the story of Efunsetan had been written and foretold by her tormentors and painted grimly by mostly chauvinists. This is why the news of this film on long-buried history is so refreshing.



“Efunsetan Aniwura” features quite a number of Nollywood stars including Clarion Chukwura, Alex Osifo, Funmi Holder, Jaiye Kuti, Adunni Ade, Sola Fosudo, Ebun Oloyede, Wale Elesho, Sukanmi Omobolanle, Binta Ayo Mogaji and also Yemi Solade.


The crew shot the historic film in locations in Ibadan (Oyo State) and also Ilesa (Osun State).


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Meanwhile, taking to Instagram, Funmi Holder wrote:

“We are doing this for the culture! Let’s tell our own stories! Efunsetan ANIWURA. In Cinemas from January 31 2020.”



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Ibadan are you ready??!!!! We are everywhere! 😝✌🏽👏🏼💃🏽 Efunsetan Aniwura! Hitting you like a hurricane 🙂

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However, on how she was able to get certain historic details relevant to the film, the producer said,

“Like they say, if you want to shine like a sun, (first) burn like a sun. That’s the story of the second Iyalode of Ibadan. Living members of the late Aniwuras’ family were interviewed to get the real and correct story.”


Meanwhile, Efunsetan Aniwura lived in the 1800s, was one of the most influential Yoruba women in Nigeria. She moved to Ibadan after her marriage to Ajani. Hence, this story details her trials, triumphs and eventual fall from grace.


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