Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello has said her directorial debut, “Your Excellency” was written by Mo Abudu.
According to the movie star, Mo wrote the story and Yinka Ogun scripted it, then she was asked to direct.
Her words, “I must give it up for Mo Abudu, she created the characters, she wrote the story for ‘Your Excellency’. She owns the original story and Yinka Ogun developed the script. The story is different, what was she thinking, she went out of the box and I give it to her, it’s a different story and I love the story so much that I was happy getting the opportunity to direct.”
“She’s somebody that I respect so much, she inspires a lot of us, she helps a lot of us to grow and she gives people opportunities. She gave me the opportunity to tweak things, change things on set, we worked hand in hand all through.”
Good work from everyone involved.
Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde (popularly known as Funke Akindele) is a Nigerian actress and producer. Funke starred in the sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and in 2009 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She plays the lead character in the show Jenifa’s Diary, for which she was named Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.Funke has over 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer, and producer.
Akindele was born on August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. Funke is the second of three children (two girls and one boy). Akindele’s mother is a Medical Doctor while her father is a retired School Principal. Funke obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, and got a Law degree from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.
Akindele came into the limelight after starring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002. Funke played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. Funke Akindele’s big break came in 2008 when she appeared in the movie Jenifa.
In January 2018, there was a controversy when it was reported that Akindele would get her Hollywood debut in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War as she was listed as a member of the cast on IMDb. Mainstream Nigerian press reported that she was set to star in Infinity War as the guard Dora Milaje, citing IMDb. Some weeks later her name was replaced with that of fellow Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji, with Akindele’s upload shown to have been a hack. In February 2018, it was reported that Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr Bukola Saraki has advised Marvel Studios to feature Akindele in Infinity War.
On May 26, 2012, Akindele married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. Citing irreconcilable differences, the couple divorced in July 2013. Akindele married Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello, known as JJC Skillz, in London in May 2016. Google said that for the week of August 2017, “Funke Akindele pregnancy” dominated search phrases in Nigeria. Through JJC, she has several step-children. With JJC Skillz, she gave birth to twin boys in December 2018.
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