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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Actress Funke Akindele Bello Interview.

IN This interview,Newly-married actress, Funke Akindele-Bello, talks about her acting career and her marriage experience .....


As an actress, script writer and film producer, Funke Akindele-Bello can’t be considered a small fry in Nollywood. With a career that has spanned  almost two decades, the thespian who cut her acting tooth with the role of Bisi, a curious but intelligent secondary school student in the United Nations Population Fund sponsored sitcom, I Need To Know,  in the late nineties, has endeared herself to a legion of fans beyond the frontiers of Nigeria. 


She is also one of the few actresses who have thrived in the English and Yoruba genres of Nollywood.
Popularly known by her alter ego, Jenifa , a sobriquet she earned after the successful release of her hit film, Jenifa, and its sequel, The Return of Jenifa,  Akindele-Bello,  is back to filming after taking a recess that lasted several months  and during which she wedded musician, JJC Skillz, in London.  She provides an insight into what she is up to presently.  

  “I have been filming a new television series called In Da Streetz. It is about the entertainment industry and how people try to survive. It also dwells on the hustle and bustle in the ghetto. It would be full of glitz, glamour and it’s a production that has deep content,’’ she says.

The new project is not in any way similar to Jenifa’s Dairy, and will feature big names in the entertainment industry, she reveals: “My new project is music-oriented, so I am working with people like K-Switch, Mo-Easy, Lydia Forson, Linda Ejiofor, Tina Mba, Kunle Coker, and Freeze of Cool FM. It is just a group of people coming together to do something different on television through Scene One Productions, where I am the CEO. My mission is for people to enjoy wholesome entertainment.”

After her first marriage to Kehinde Oloyede, crashed in 2013, the actress, recently got married a second time albeit secretly in London to entertainment guru, Abdul-Rasheed Bello, aka JJC Skillz, last August. She says the latter who is a producer, music video director and artiste, fashioned the concept for her new project. “My husband is a pioneer in the music industry, so he has been there. He gave me the storyline and the synopsis which I developed and edited,” she states.

 The award-winning actress recalls that acting is something she’s always wanted to do from a young age. She started dancing  and acting in primary school and also belonged to a cultural troupe. She joined a drama group while in secondary school and pursued her passion relentlessly even as an undergraduate.
A lawyer by training, she recollects how her father ensured she studied Law at the University of Lagos. “I recall that my father wanted me to study Law because he wanted me to become a lawyer. Even though he had his reservations about acting, I was undeterred,” she says.

Today, being celebrated and making some money out of acting is a plus for her as she says there is nothing more fulfilling than doing what she loves and getting paid for it. She stated, “I am grateful to God for the opportunities that have come my way as an actress. When I started out, it wasn’t easy and there were lots of challenges. I have been acting and producing films before I came out with Jenifa. The movie was a commercial success and following it up with Jenifa’s Dairy, was a like an extension of the goodwill Jenifa, enjoyed.”


Although critics have argued that she didn’t need to create a series using the Jenifa cognomen, Akindele-Bello quipped that one of the lessons she has learnt in life is that people will say a lot of things and attempt to make you lose focus especially when they realise that you are making progress.  “If you have an idea, sleep, eat and drink it until you make a reality of it. Jenifa is a brand that I love so much. I didn’t even want to come up with the series but I realised that a lot of people like the brand. When I go out, I speak to a lot of young people. They like Funke quite alright but when I give them that variant of English, Jenifa is known for, the reaction is priceless,” she adds.

For her, producing Jenifa’s Dairy, has become a tiring effort: “I am tired of producing the series because it is time-consuming  but  my husband says that I cannot stop now because my  fans love it, people are celebrating me, I have won awards and every day, they talk about  me because  they are not  tired. People say it’s the best TV series, so I cannot stop.”

A recipient of several awards including the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Actress in 2009, as well as the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy in 2014 and 2016, she sees American film star, Tyler Perry, as someone that she looks up to. According to her, his Madea brand is huge  and she hopes to build a bigger empire for herself .

What are  the downsides of acting?  With a huge sigh, she affirms that there have been times when she felt like throwing in the towel but some inspirational songs keep her going. “The gospel group, Mary Mary,  inspires.  Whenever I listen to their songs, I am inspired. One of their songs  goes thus: ‘I just can’t give up now. I’ve come too far from where I started from, nobody told me that road is going to be easy.’ The song teaches me that good things don’t come easy, you just have to push. There are many times when they write about me in the newspapers and magazines.


 I just say to myself that it’s not their fault, it’s because I am acting. At such times, I want to quit acting but then, I look into the mirror and say to myself,  you have it in you, don’t give up and bury your talents. This is why I use my talent as a tool to pass messages across to people,’’ she says.
Even though  Akindele-Bello, refused to comment on her new marriage, she speaks about some of the changes  that have occurred in her life since getting married. “Before I met my husband, I used to work on  Sundays, but he always says that I need to rest. Our chef leaveson Saturday  mornings  to see his family, so whenever  I want to cook, my husband tells me not to do so and we eat out.  We  do that very often. Now, I enjoy my life and  I rest.’’


Akindele-Bello, who clocked 39 in August,  said she wants to be remembered for her brand and the lives she has impacted. In addition,  she desires to take a lot of young  people off the streets. She says, “I have a not-for-profit organisation  and I am going to be working with Lekki Coliseum, very soon to empower young people. I’ve done that a couple of times and we organise workshops and trainings. We give people start-up kits to begin their businesses. I am passionate about the empowerment of young people.


“I also want to set up another NGO to help people living with cancer. I have a friend who was diagnosed with stage-four cancer and she  has given me the permission  to talk about her journey. Many times when I was broke, I still had give her money to attend chemotherapy sessions. Because of the state of her health, she was unable to move around to seek funding. Thankfully, I am healthy and I can still work, so I am grateful to God for keeping her alive.’’
On her likes and dislikes, the thespian is quick to say that she likes frank and honest people. She abhors liars, those who steal and she cannot stand indiscipline as well.


Hear her: “People call me Margaret Thatcher, because I do not like indiscipline. You must not be rude, we are Nigerians and we have a culture and we are well-trained. I am Yoruba girl, so you have to be respectful. I always tell people that never believe that because you are made, you can bring people down. Even if you are up there, remain level-headed so you don’t fall,’’ she concluded.

Culled: Punch



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84 comments:

Chummy cho cho said...

She is 39?? She looks good for her age. Love me some Funke!

Anonymous said...

My husband.. My husband.. I beg go and sit down. I'm sure he married her because she's relevant in the industry... Olomo lo loko πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•Holly

LUCILE COCONUT OIL ABUJA 07059605320 Pin- 2BC6235E said...

I like funke,their "trip to Jamaica"film was top notch,i laughed all through

Teemahs_hub said...

One day sooner than I think,I shall have a chef too,doing dishes to my stomach's delight.

Audrey said...

Nice one Funke, keep going higher.
She is sooo in love wig this her husband oo, I wish their marriage last long.

Dee goddess said...

Painment.com hehehehe

Miz Cindy said...

Now now she got married she already has experience... Issokay

White Diamond said...

I love this woman!

#WhiteDiamondOut

Jasmine said...

My husband said this. My husband said that!

Funke! Funke!!

I wish you well.


JJC treat her right o

Anonymous said...

Love me some Jenifa, and I wish her happiness in her new marriage!

HOUSE OF LAWOF said...

More power to your elbow Funke Akindele

queen hadassah said...

Bad belle....she's proud of her husband!

kerry okoye said...

Seen

kerry okoye said...

Sigh* you will be more beautiful with less hate!

lagos babe said...

Funke!,you've started again
My husband told me to rest
My husband gave me the storyline
My husband told me not to cook
Na beg I take beg you,take it easy on this my husband this and that and stay focus to make this one work!
Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I love her husband. Some men think weekend is time for wifey to cook and pamper them but this man understands his wife needs a break too. God bless you man

Anonymous said...

Hw z dat ur business na... is it ur marriage?

lagos babe said...

It's all make up and good cameras,I've met her recently,she so looks her age.

Anonymous said...

Holly such bitterness, na wa o. Funke i pray God blesses you with d fruit of the womb soon.

Adadioramma said...

Ok o, motigbo Jenifer. How is you?

Anonymous said...

Gbaaaamm!! Funke's taste in men is just...ugh!

used to be a fan said...

I love her brand . But funke is a rude person.

Fluffy cake by Big Mamma Lagos 07056157039 said...

Funke, you are one in a million.Love u loadsssss.

Lizzy Berry said...

She's started talking to those journalists again.... They all have emeritus in misinterpretation of info. Well as a fellow fiend that I was I wis u a married life. Jenifas diary has indeed come to stay... But what bad feeling I have is that our children of now will be coping her wrong English up and down. Pls dnt come and give head under my comment by asking who English epp?

Lizzy Berry said...

She's started talking to those journalists again.... They all have emeritus in misinterpretation of info. Well as a fellow fiend that I was I wis u a married life. Jenifas diary has indeed come to stay... But what bad feeling I have is that our children of now will be coping her wrong English up and down. Pls dnt come and give head under my comment by asking who English epp?

Amysweet said...

Ok.. We have hear

Adanne said...

OK Funke nice one...enjoy your marriage oo, so you too don turned to 'wifenocook'..

Christina Adegbaju said...

Good for her, she is one hardworking woman

BEDS AND ROSES said...

Hater anon 17:51 who is stopping you from mentioning ur own husband too.
Ewu, Ewuer, Ewuest.

I like Funke, she seems nice.

Anonymous said...

Y e dey pain u? Na wetin person get e take dey boast

Anonymous said...

Is she the reason why even a mad man never look your side? She is proud of her man o,pray to God for yours,enemy of progress. When she was not married,na una dey should goan marry,God answered her una wan quench again. May what you hate in her never get to you in life.

Amebo said...

Oh! Funke darling, how is you baby. I mincing you

Amebo said...

Enemy of progress, I am sure you are an aunty Gwegwen. Bitter soul, biko drink zobo to sweeten your life... Ozun

Precious Horlabisi said...

Go girl, I like you

Anonymous said...

This marriage won't last

Akinbobola Korede said...

I wish her well

Anonymous said...

See painment! Anon 17:51 Ndo ooh, Je kpoo isi n'ahu aja!!!

Love made me said...

ride on bae...let them be hating while u making money...me roff u

charitybino said...

This marriage will last by the Grace of God. Amen

Honeybunny said...

Nice.
Love her so much
We all deserve to be happy
I pray her marriage brings her all d happiness she deserves.

Gbogbo bigz girlz said...

Good for her.

Bootylycious diva said...

See painment ontop person husband ,people of the world .so she should say your husband .

Cynhams Cakes & Pastries, Abuja. Home delivery. said...

She's a success story, a hardworking and a strong woman.

I give her "beyonce hands"

Cynhams Cakes & Pastries, Abuja. Home delivery. said...

Ha! Easy with the bashing.

Iman Bella said...

I Wish her all the best in her career, marriage and all other endeavors

Anonymous said...

Woman's inhumanity to another woman

Anonymous said...

Why the beef?????

Sassy 'Meruche' Fire said...

*in Flavor's voice* E bidosie o n'ato,darling darling!

nnuku Sexy pant-like boxers. 08170506432 Order now said...

Learn from Tonto dikeh funke
Kip your marriage off social media.
Goodluck madam

Anonymous said...

Witchcraft people please let this marriage last and be fruitful

Anonymous said...

JJC I am confident that if you hurt Jennifer you are in trouble with Nigerians. Jenifa in oloyede's time is different from jenifa in your time. Reason is that her brand is bigger and more popular. I wish you guys all the good things in marriage.

Carina K Jacob said...

Love Funke. She is a bright star.

Chikito onye akwuna said...

I enjoyed that Programme 'I need to know' back then. She's a very talented lady

MrsB said...

Olomo lo loko. That's a horrible thing to say and I hope your words don't come back to haunt you.

St.FranKooL.... said...

#Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much*

lagos babe said...

Evil anonymous,have you lasted?

peace maker said...

Good for her

Blossom said...

Jenifa how is you? Toyo and Kiki nko? Lolz. I so much love this lady. Keep soaring dear.

sisi eko said...

Very well. But Funke don't do too many things at a time. Allow Jenifa's diary it's full glory before u introduce yet another series abeg. Let it sink in for a while.

I don't watch it, but I hear people commend the series. Well done girl

Kim Kardashian Aka portable queen of sdk blog said...

Awwwwwwwwwww
Jenifa baby.... I can see you is fineπŸ˜‰
One of the most influential women in the industry
πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

Kim Kardashian Aka portable queen of sdk blog said...

Shut up and wish her well.
Your ex is in his 3rd shaky marriage n u are still stingle n searching not even a single boo

Onyeka Okeke said...

I WISH HER THE BEST IN THIS MARRIAGE,, I WISH THIS HER MARRIAGE LASTS SO LONG THAT ALL BAD BELLE PEOPLE WILL EVEN DIE OFF WHILE THEY ARE STILL WAITING FOR THE MARRIAGE TO CRASH. YES, THEY WILL BE SEEING HER AND HER HUSBAND'S GREY HAIRS, AS THE TWO LOVEBIRDS KEEP KISSING, WHILE THEY (THE HATERS) ARE ON THEIR BEDS MOANING WITH PAINS AND GNASHING THEIR TEETH. MY OWN HUSBAND WILL PET ME MORE THAN THIS OOOOO . AMEN.

abril said...

You're the first person with a good review about that movie

Cutemumm said...

I hate to miss Jenifa's diary..Funke is an inspiration and I love her.I remember when the Jenifa diary was to start,people here insulted her that its becoming too much and people will get tired of it but it's been a success ever since.That said,Funke is the last person I will meet and famz not after she embarrassed my friend at the airport.Lmao I laughed when she told me she asked to take picture and Funke rudely told her to leave herπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.Told her never to famz Naija female celebritiesπŸ˜€ except you want embarrassment.They are all yeye shilds πŸ˜€πŸ˜€.Happy married life to you and mucus πŸ˜‚*faints*

Chidinma Gift said...

She is so creative..... Welldone pretty woman

Anonymous said...

I so looooooove her! She's a success and has not grown pompous as a result. She is a total-woman. Go on dear, you make us(women) proud. God keep you longer and more strengthened to finish the good work you started. Enjoy your new life with JJC can't wish you any bad but the best cuz you are such a powerhouse.

Marjorie

Justina Michael said...

I tell u @lizzy Berry. Kids now speak like her. I tell my kids not to try that rubbish with me o.

Lilly simple said...

You're right
I met a young undergraduate that speaks exactly like her

Adanne said...

Hahahahahahahhaha

Anonymous said...

Enter your comment...FAB your marriage will last IJN

Anonymous said...

I second Lucille.. Just saw it this evening and enjoyed every bit of it

Folahanmi said...

At dis irritant up☝, can't u jst waka pass? Alot of pple on dis blog like feeling familiar with oda pples issues and matter.Is it ur single? Dint u read d part she wrote "i wish u well"? Gosh u irritate me alot...to think u av ur own issues to.. #sigh

Iphie dearie said...

As the crystal ball that you is naaawwwπŸ˜”

MrsB said...

But she was specifically asked about her marriage, wasn't she supposed to mention her husband? 'I'm not understanding' the complaints that she mentioned him.

Starjoy said...

Must she always talk about her matrimonial abeg free her please, Jennifer keep the good work going.

Anonymous said...

The issue I have with executive producers or 'stars' taking the lead role in their movies is that they tend to 'suffocate' other actors. Take this 'A trip to Jamaica', AY was so loud, so was Funke. Couldn't they have dialled it back a notch? Some lines were not necessary. Nse wasn't even given the opportunity to shine with the weak lines they gave her.The movie left me....unfulfilled?

Mrs James said...

Bad belle

queen hadassah said...

*copying. I hope u don't speak this kind of English to children?

Anonymous said...

see pot calling kettle black. Funke wey rudeeeeeeeee die. i met in Lag in year 2001, she was in 300l .a guy was trying to spin her sister, if you see the way Funke insulted him? na wa , even for Mushin where she grow, she be rude girl.

Anonymous said...

Aye baby mother oto,her position as jjc legal wife is the ultimate, baby mamas should go find somewhere to park and chill.their marriage will work,funke will bear him chile.enemies leave them alone.

Anonymous said...

Why una no tell tontoh to take it easy? Leave funke alone,afterall it's her husband she's talking about not a man married to another woman.jjc has never been married before he married funke,just a baby dad and he has chosen to pitch his tent with his lovely wife Mrs funke Akindele bello.accept it and wish them well.

XoXo Sassy said...

Funke is very rude. Gosh, the way she disgraced by eyeing me and hissing on me when I shouted her name, obviously happy to see her.... Got me thinking if I was supposed to call her Aunty Funke Akindele

Jasmine said...

Portable idiot, r u insane? Better come and take 8k and go see ur father in the village o.

Janeaustaconnection said...

This is another actress that i love,really enjoyed that series,I need to know back then

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