The latest edition of the weekly television magazine, CNN African Voices Changemakers, sponsored by Globacom, will beam its spotlight on Bolanle Austen-Peters, the Nigerian-born businesswoman, lawyer, and award-winning film and theatre director.
Currently, the Managing Director of Lagos-based Terra Culture, a Nigerian arts and culture center which she founded, Austen-Peters is popularly known as “Queen of Nigerian Theatre” was born on February 4, 1969.
The mother of two attended the University of Lagos for her undergraduate studies and the London School of Economics and Political Science where she obtained a Masters’s degree in International Law. Earlier in her career, she worked with the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights in Switzerland and later the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the United Nations Development Program.
Her film company, BAP Productions, has been at the forefront of the production of musicals including ‘Moremi The Musical’, ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’, ‘Fela’s Republic and The Kalakuta Queens’. Others are ‘Saro The Musical’ and ‘Wakaa The Musical.’
Austen-Peters who also runs the Nigerian arts and culture center located in Lagos is the producer of ’Bling Lagosians’ and ‘93 Days’, amongst other films.
As part of her contributions towards expanding the Nigerian theatre, she is currently nursing a new project, the development of an online academy.
‘The Queen of Nigerian Theatre’ will delight viewers with the story of her adventure in the film and music world on African Voices ChangeMakers which comes up on DSTV Channel 401 on Sunday at 12.30 a.m. The program will be repeated on the same day at 4.30 a.m., 7.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m., and on Monday at 3.00 a.m. and 5.30 a.m.