Since her first appearance on the Nigerian sitcom, I Need To Know (1997 to 2002), Funke Akindele has grown in leaps and bounds from Yoruba Nollywood actress to director and executive producer of the highest grossing films in Nigeria.
Funke Akindele has shown her diversity and dexterity as an actress and filmmaker too many times to count, but these works deserve more attention.
Aiye Olomo Kan (2009)
Funke acts as a young and spoiled Demilade. An only child and uni student brought up by a single mum, she falls in love with a traditional man who loves women who know their way around the kitchen. She displayed her strength as both an actress and a film producer, featuring alongside actors like Richardo Agbor, Ayo Mogaji and Remi Oshodi.
In this 2009 epic about a promiscuous crown prince (Femi Adebayo) who’s also a bully, Funke Akindele plays his cousin. When this movie came out, it was a breath of fresh air in the film scene. Behind-the-scene videos showed how they built the impressive movie set design from scratch. The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) nominated it for Best Film in African Language, Best Costume and Best Supporting Actor (Femi Adebayo).
Funke Akindele joined forces with Segun Arinze, Taiwo Hassan and Ireti Osayemi to bring this action-packed movie to life. You’ll see Funke’s character and her gang terrorising people and escaping arrests because of a potent charm that can make them disappear. Police and thief Nollywood >>>>
In 2017, she kicked off production of her TV series about the entertainment industry and budding artists trying to break into the mainstream. Industreet is a combination of industry experience and street lifestyle. It starred Niniola, Funsho Adeolu, Daddy Freeze and Linda Ejiofor.
“Maami” is a Yoruba word that translates to “my mother” in English. In this movie, Funke stars alongside Wale Ojo as lead actors, exploring the story of a footballer while touching on a mother’s love, single parenting and poverty. Tunde Kelani directed this drama.
Your Excellency (2019)
This was Funke Akindele’s directorial debut, a movie that follows the story of a rich businessman and politician who’s obsessed with Donald Trump. She also acted in it, alongside Falz, Shaffy Bello, Osas Ighodaro and Alexx Ekubo.
This film focuses on a spoilt child called Maku who has his family worried over his bad character. Funke Akindele, plays a … Femi Branch and Sola Kosoko were also in it.