Your Excellency
Your Excellency

Nollywood Should Shoot More Indigenous Stories - Funke Akindele

Pearl Emmanuel

Nollywood star, Funke Akindele popularly known for her role as Jenifa in "Jenifa's diary" came into limelight since 1998. She made her debut after staring in 'I need to know' (1998-2002), sponsored by the United Nations population Fund. Her breakthrough later came in 2008 after she appeared in the movie 'Jenifa'.

Ever since, she has enjoyed an amazing career in acting and recently featured in a socio-political comedy film tittled 'Your Excellency' which she directed. Your Excellency hits the cinemas this December

When asked what it was like shooting behind the camera, she admits that it is not an easy job - a mixed feeling of fun, and challenges, while disclosing that the movie was shot over a period of one month.

When asked about the storyline, here is what she said;

"Your Excellency tells the story of Chief Olalekan Ajadi, a bubbling billionaire, businessman, and a failed presidential candidate, who is obsessed with Donald Trump.

Just when his campaign looks set to be another disaster, Ajadi is anointed by a major party and becomes a credible contender all through the power of social media.

As the political drama unfolds, it seems possible that even the most inept candidate with little to offer voters except for viral soundbites and amusing antics can mount a serious challenge for the presidency".

Funke is not just directing, but also playing a lead role in the movie. Multitasking is not quite an easy job.

Here is what she has to say regarding joggling the role of a director and the lead role in the same movie

"I must say tedious because I do that a lot like the head writer for Jenifa’s Diary, and some other contents you see on Scene One Production. This (Your Excellency) is more tedious for me because this is a film compared to TV Series and we kept on working every day. I am super proud of the outcome so far and I can’t wait for people to see what we have cooked".

We gracefully awaits 2020 as Funke tells us we haven't seen the best of her arts.

"So many roles, watch out for 2020 one of those challenging roles I haven’t played is coming out. I have done some serious roles too not just comedy" She says.

She offers her suggestions when asked on what type of stories Nollywood needs to shoot, Funke believes more in stories that celebrate our culture, more indigenous, and historical movies to tell our stories.

"We need to shoot more movies that promote and celebrate our culture. Right now, it should be all about presenting our stories to the Western world. I think Nollywood needs to shoot more indigenous, historical movies to tell our stories like ‘Sango’ and all of that.

We can change the Nigerian narrative through our films. I believe Nigerian filmmakers have a lot of power in their hands to change our society and even hold our politicians accountable"

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