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Branwen Okpako Reveals More About Her Award-winning Auma Obama Film (Plus: Podcast)

And Then Life HappensAuma Obama has had an AMAA award-winning documentary made about her life. In an AllAfrica interview, the filmmaker Branwen Okpako talks about her own life, being friends with Obama and the film’s genesis:

Weekend Magazine: Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Branwen Okpako: I was born in Lagos, Nigeria to an Urhobo pharmacologist father and a Welsh librarian mother. My younger brother and I had a happy childhood on the beautiful campus of the University of Ibadan. I later attended the Atlantic College in Wales where I completed my International Baccalaureate, before going to the University of Bristol where I studied politics. After that I came to Berlin to study at the DFFB (German Film and Television Academy), here I met and studied with Tsitsi Dangarembga, Wanjiru Kinyanjui and Auma Obama. I have stayed in Berlin where I continue to make films and raise my children.

In an interview with Radio Today’s Sue Grant-Marshall, Auma Obama talked about her early life with her father, and how she later met her half-brother, the man who would become the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. Listen to the podcast:

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