|Born||4 February 1969|
|Alma mater||International School Ibadan|
University of Lagos
London School of Economics
|Occupation||Lawyer, Business Woman|
|Parent(s)||Father-Emmanuel Afe Babalola |
Mother-Grace Adebisi Babalola
Bolanle Austen-Peters (born 4 February 1969), is a Nigerian businesswoman, lawyer, and director. She is the founder and Managing Director of Terra Kulture, a Nigerian arts and culture centre located in Lagos. Her film company, BAP Productions has produced musicals, including: 'Saro The Musical', 'Wakaa The Musical', 'Moremi The Musical', 'Fela and the Kalakuta Queens and most recently 'Fela's Republic and The Kalakuta Queens'. It has also produced films, including 93 Days and Bling Lagosians.
Early life and education
Austen-Peters was born on 4 February 1969. She is the daughter of Emmanuel Afe Babalola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. She attended the Command Secondary School Ibadan, the International School Ibadan and the University of Lagos for her undergraduate studies and earned a master's degree in International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Bolanle Austen-Peters began her career in her father's law firm before working with the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights in Switzerland. She later moved to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the United Nations Development Program.
In 2003, she founded Terra Kulture Arts and Studios Limited, an educational and recreational organization set up to promote Nigerian languages, arts and culture. Terra Kulture is also the first privately owned ultra modern theatre in Nigeria.
In 2013, Austen-Peters established her own production company called Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions (BAP). The company entered the Nigerian theatre industry with its first production, SARO the Musical. The show toured Lagos and was performed in London's West End from 21 to 25 July 2016. In December 2017, Bolanle Austen-Peters directed the Fela and The Kalakuta Queens musical. The musical is based on the real-life story of Nigerian music icon and activist, Fela Kuti and the women who stood by him. Bolanle Austen-Peters also directed in 2018, Moremi the Musical which tells the story of the 12th century Yoruba legend Queen who liberated the people of Ife from the grasp of their enemies.
In 2015, BAP commenced production of the film 93 Days (2016), a feature film on the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria which premiered on 13 September 2016 in Lagos. It was selected for premiering and viewing at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Chicago Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Johannesburg Film Festival, the Africa Film Festival in Cologne/Germany, and nominated for a RapidLion Award. It also received the highest nominations in the 2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, a total of thirteen nominations, receiving an award for best lighting designer. 93 days was nominated in 7 categories for the 2017 African Movie Academy Awards, which was the highest nominated film in 2017 AMAA.
In 2019, BAP Productions released The Bling Lagosians, a movie about the lifestyle of the high class of Lagos.
She is married to Adegboyega Austen-Peters, with two children.
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