Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Popular actress, Funke Akindele-Bello featured on this week’s CNN ‘African Voices’, where she talked about her journey into the movie industry, saying she didn’t know that she’d this popular and celebrated.

When Funke was a child, her parents had differing opinions when it came to her acting dreams, as she tells CNN.

“Growing up was fun for me having the support of my mom, she believed so much in my talent, though my dad never wanted me to be an actor – he wanted me to be a lawyer.” _ ‘African Voices’ hears how she compromised and agreed to study for a degree, eventually graduating in law.

Following this, Funke began auditioning for roles and had her big break when she was cast in one of the biggest sitcoms in Lagos, called ‘I Need To Know’.

Funke describes the time:

“When I started ‘I Need To Know’, I never thought I would be this celebrated. I was 20 years old then. When I shot the pilot I just wanted to do it, I wanted to showcase my God-given talent… I remember the director telling me I was overacting because I was excited about it.”

Funke is best known for her portrayal of Jenifa, and she explains why the character has continued to appeal to audiences:

“Jenifa is witty, she’s crazy, she’s a go-getter, she doesn’t want to take no for an answer and I think I have that – I don’t want to take no for an answer.”

Reflecting on this success Funke tells the programme:

“All I can say is I’m grateful, it’s not easy for you to work hard and people appreciate you.”

She is currently working on another TV series called Industreet.

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