Ayo Olumilua reports
More than ever, Nigerian entertainers are making their voices heard in the political scene. A number of actors and singers like Richard Mofe-Damijo, Banky W, and others have stepped up to the plate in the past.
The latest to grab the proverbial bull by the horn is Funke Akindele.
The Nollywood actress was unveiled as the running mate of the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos, Olajide Adediran (aka Jandor).
MThe award-winning actress, who recently ended her marriage to musician JJC Skillz, put a hold on her acting career in order to squarely face politics.
According to her, she wants to “work tirelessly and complement Jandor’s burning desire to see our dear state of Lagos live up to its full potential”.
Akindele (who is the CEO of SceneOne Productions) said her career, which spans over two decades, gave her the privilege to engage people from all walks of life.
The 43-year-old made these revelations on Channels Television’s talk show Politics Today hosted by SEUN Akinbaloye.
The public’s assessment of the interview was mixed, judging by social media’s reaction. Some believed she displayed enough passion and had progressive ideas while others believed she lacked the needed experience and was out of her depth.
Akindele was born on August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. She obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now known as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. She earned a Law degree from the University of Lagos.
Akindele came into the limelight after starring in the popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom ‘I Need to Know’, which ran from 1998 to 2002.
She 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. Her movie Omo Ghetto currently holds the record of becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time in Nigeria, breaking the four-year record of Kemi Adetiba’s movie titled The Wedding Party.
Her CV in the entertainment industry definitely speaks for itself, but will her lack of antecedents in the political space be a hindrance to her political ambitions?
Only time will tell. Attempting to step out of your comfort zone is never easy, and she has proven to be brave by jumping into the deep end. Hopefully, other entertainers can muster up this bravery and take steps to make Nigeria better.
Meanwhile if she gets her politics right, she becomes the deputy governor of Lagos in 2023 and sweep the APC and it’s kingpin Tinubu out of his grip of Nigeria’s commercial capital.