- Actress Funke Akindele-Bello was featured on CNN's African Voices
- The Jenifa actress speaks about her passion to act and her parents decision for her to study law
- She also speaks on the success of Jenifa's Diary
Top Nigerian actress Funke Akindele-Bello was recently featured on CNN's program African Voices. She opened up about her childhood and the long journey to fame.
Funke is a law graduate and the reason is because of her father. She said: "Growing up was fun for me having the support of my mum, she believed so much in my talent, though my dad never wanted me to be an actor – he wanted me to be a lawyer.”
She said she got her acting debut in an old sitcom called I Need To Know. In her words “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.”
Speaking on the success of the Jenifa character, she said: “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. All I can say is I’m grateful, it’s not easy for you to work hard and people appreciate you.”
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She explained that her Jenifa’s Foundation is to reach out to young people. In her words: "We empower them. We help them acquire skills, we help them discover their special gift, their talent in acting, music and dance.”
Funke is currently working on a new project, a TV drama about the music industry in Nigeria called Industreet.
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