Nollywood Actress Funke Akindele Bello ,Said She Almost Quit Acting

Nollywood Actress Funke Akindele Bello ,Said She Almost Quit Acting

Actress Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde (commonly known as Funke Akindele) is a Nigerian actress and producer.

She starred in the sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and in 2009 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She plays the lead character in the show Jenifa’s Diary, for which she was named Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

Nigerian actress and producer Funke Akindele-Bello has disclosed that at her point in her career, she almost gave up acting.
Taking to her new YouTube channel, Funke Akindele-Bello shared some things about herself many were not privy of. Talking about her career, she said;

“I want you to look at me and my story. When I started acting in 1998, I remember how I fight to get up there, I got a lot of “no’s”. I was the ‘queen’ of auditions and ‘wakapass’ roles. I would read so well and people will clap, I will be so exhilarated and would think when I get the list, I would get a supporting role. But all I got were roles like church withdraw. I remember crying on those occasions.“But my mother would tell me that I’ve got the rage and it is a God-given talent. She would give me money for my transport fare; sometimes I would trek to some places then take a bus to meet up.

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“I could count the number of shoes I had then, maybe two or three. But today, the story has changed. Things changed for me emphatically.

“After ‘I need to know’, I didn’t get any more roles, I went down; I got back to organize auditions and lobbying, calling people and knocking on doors but none opened. I felt I had lost my chance.

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“I can remember going for a project and I met an actress who spoke to the producer on my behalf. I remember going to Oshogbo for the movie, I packed all my clothes, I was so happy because I was told I was going to play a bolster up role.

I got there, and we were supposed to film but something unexpectedly to the generator and we couldn’t film. I was waiting to be called to film in my hotel room but they did not.

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“On the fifth day, they called me and I was scandalized. I was asked to play the role of a secretary in two scenes. This was after playing a major role in ‘I need to know’. It was destructive for me, I was crying but an actor advised me to take it.

“I took the stipends I was given and went back to Lagos. There were different circumstances like that where I could have given up but my mother’s words kept motivate me till I got my big break to produce my own movie.

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