Bondo: A Journey into Kono Womanhood

Director: Sunju Ahmadu
Country: Sierra Leone
Year: 2006
Running Time: 26 min
Language: English, Kono, and Krio

The documentary traces Ms. Ahmadu’s journey back to Kono as a young girl for initiation into Bondo, an influential women’s traditional solidarity or “secret society”. The film delves into issues of cultural pride, women’s traditional power, as well as western and local efforts to eradicate female genital cutting.

About the Director

Sunju Ahmadu

Biography: Sunju Ahmadu is a filmmaker who directed her first documentary film, Bondo, A Journey Into Kono Womanhood, as part of the requirement of her MA in Documentary Film at Brunel University in the U.K. Sunju’s interests include directing and producing video documentaries on the experiences of African immigrant groups in the United States particularly youth populations and issues of acculturation. She completed her Bachelor’s in international relations at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Bondo: a Journey into Kono Womanhood (2011).

Heal Our Nation (Date unknown);
Yaa Mihn (Date unknown);
Bondo: a Journey into Kono Womanhood (2006).