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Funke Akindele — My Best Is Yet To Come

Author: Goodlife

Despite emerg­ing as Africa’s best actress at the recently staged African Movie Acad­emy Awards (AMAA) in Bayelsa State, Nige­ria, high­fly­ing actress, Funke Akindele, has said that her best is yet to come.

The Niger­ian actress, who was in Ghana when crowned as the new queen of African movies, said she has not reached the peak of her career as many peo­ple presume.

“Although I feel highly elated hav­ing emerged as the best actress in Africa, my best is yet to come,” she stated, adding that she still has a long way to go as far as film mak­ing is concerned.

Akindele, whose mon­strous char­ac­ter in the hit flick, Jenifa, earned her the nick­name, Sulia Ken, declared that she is only ful­filled as the first Yoruba actress to have won the AMAA title.

“This is a turn­ing point in my career and I’m so proud of it,” she concluded.

Con­sid­er­ing how she started, she got her break when she was picked to play the lead role in the rested Niger­ian TV drama on sex edu­ca­tion enti­tled I Need To Know.

Apart from fea­tur­ing in Opa William’s Naked Wire and Egg of Life, she has today through her Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Law degree back­grounds built a unique angle to her kind of sto­ries as a script writer and pro­ducer; inves­tiga­tive and crime flicks relayed in Ojo Ketala, Agbefo, Eta ‘nu and Maaku.

Accord­ing to her she does not com­pro­mise excel­lence in her movie pro­duc­tions, lit­tle won­der her movies are always sold out. “Well, I wouldn’t want to call my movie just a Yoruba movie because it is well sub-titled in Eng­lish and I shot it very well to suit inter­na­tional stan­dard such as film fes­ti­vals. Even then, if you have a good prod­uct and you put it in the mar­ket with­out adver­tise­ment of course it will sell. That’s what hap­pen to my films. I shot them well, the pub­lic saw them, they felt cool about them and they are doing well in the market.

I made sure that my movie was shot on High Definition(HD) cam­era, I ensure that the sound is per­fect, I actu­ally went back to the stu­dio, to check the pic­ture and then of course they were well sub­ti­tled in Eng­lish, I also intend to sub­ti­tle them in French”.

On her choice of prod­ic­ing and act­ing mainly Yoruba films, this is what the award win­ner has to say “I’ve been watch­ing Indian films. They don’t speak Eng­lish and we really get to watch their movies. It suits inter­na­tional stan­dard. There is this Indian film I really watched and it was like I was watch­ing an Amer­i­can movie. All the effects in it were o.k. The gun shots, the acci­dent scenes and what have you.

Indian film is a very good exam­ple of how a film can break inter­na­tional bar­ri­ers and I said to myself, why can’t we do some­thing like that in Yoruba movies, it’s not com­pul­sory that our films must be in Eng­lish lan­guage. Indian films are really sell­ing well and their indus­try is quite large. They didn’t start this big, but they are very big now”.

Kunle Obayun’s , Irabada is a beau­ti­ful movie I saw it, beau­ti­ful pic­ture, Amaz­ing Grace, beau­ti­ful film, I believe with time, we will get there. Espe­cially with films like that, so if I give it a trial, it’s not bad”.

On why she has opted to prac­tice act­ing and not law which she is qual­i­fied for, “funke Akindele says “Right from sec­ondary school, I had this dream that I wanted to be a big actress, writer and pro­ducer. I started off writ­ing scripts way back in sec­ondary school. it was just about a hobby that has become a dream come true.

I have always loved The­atre Arts and Law. But you see, act­ing is a tal­ent and a gift from God. Law has always been what I really wanted to do because as a girl grow­ing up I argue a lot and never liked to lose an argu­ment. The aspect of law that I love so much is the crim­i­nal law, and if you watch most of my movies, you find ele­ments of crime in them.

For exam­ple in Oju-Ketala, I had rape in it, in Eta-Inu, I had mur­der, in Agbefo, I had armed rob­bery, InMaaku, I had mur­der with rit­u­als in it. So, it has always been in me. I see law as a career and act­ing, a tal­ent. I didn’t study The­atre Arts though but right now I want to do a course in movie directing”.

Her men­tors are “ I really admire Liz Ben­son a lot because she is a good actress. She’s very ver­sa­tile, I love Aunty Joke Silva and then Uncle Olu Jacobs and I really like Yinka Quadri too. He’s my boss, he’s been very sup­port­ive in this industry.

In terms of pro­duc­ing and direct­ing, I give pass a mark to Andy Amenechi. He is really deep and Abbey Lanre is solid. He’s directed my movies. As for a pro­ducer, I will give it to Uncle Tade Ogi­dan, he’s a good direc­tor too.

By: Yetunde Farin­loye

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