Wheels Behind The Scene: Bolanle Austen-Peters

Bolanle Austen-Peters otherwise known as BAP, born on 4th February 1969, is a Nigerian businesswoman, lawyer, award-winning film and theatre director. She is the founder and Managing Director of Terra Kulture, the foremost Nigerian arts and culture center located in Lagos, Nigeria

In 2003, she founded Terra Kulture. Terra Kulture Arts and Studios Limited is an educational and recreational organization set up to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts, and culture. Terra Kulture is also the first privately owned ultra-modern theatre in Nigeria. The company has gone to create jobs for many Nigerian artists, some who have become major Nigerian stars and leading industry practitioners. In addition, Terra Kulture opened its doors to theatre companies in need of performance space. As a result, theatre productions witnessed a remarkable growth 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 production attracted critical reviews and accolades from the BBC and Sky News. In December 2014 and April 2015, BAP Productions performed SARO the Musical at the renowned Muson Centre. The Musical became the first Nigerian musical to be performed at London’s West End and Shaw Theatre.

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. Her direction of Moremi the Musical, received critical reviews and accolades from Professor Wole Soyinka describing its as; “a theatrical Landmark in Nigeria’s theatre history”.  

In 2019, BAP Productions released The Bling Lagosians, a movie about the lifestyle of the high class of Lagos, which became one of the highest-grossing Nollywood films in history. Furthermore, Austen-Peters worked as a Consultant to the Ford Foundation Lagos and helped raise millions of dollars for the Museum through Arts and Business Council

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