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26 May 2017

''When I Started Acting I Never Thought I Would Be Celebrated'' - Funke Akindele Tells CNN

Funke Akindele of the popular 'Jenifa's Diary' has spoken about her acting career while speaking with CNN,where she revealed she never knew that she would become popular.

In an interview with CNN’s ‘African Voices’, She talks about her career thus far and why she’s focusing on the next generation of actor.

One of Nollywood’s biggest stars, Funke had
appeared in countless films and some of the
biggest sitcoms in Nigeria. Despite starting acting as a young adult, ‘African Voices’ hears how she started out on a very different career
path.

When Funke was a child, her parents had
differing opinions when it came to her acting
dreams, as she tells CNN.

“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.” _ ‘African Voices’ hears how she compromised and agreed
to study for a degree, eventually
graduating in law.

Following this, Funke began auditioning for roles and had her big break when she was cast in
one of the biggest sitcoms in Lagos, called ‘I Need To Know’.
Funke describes the time:
“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.”
Funke is best known for her portrayal of Jenifa,
and she explains why the character has
continued to appeal to audiences:
“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.”
Reflecting on this success Funke tells the
programme:
“All I can say is I’m grateful, it’s not easy for you to work hard and people appreciate you.”
She currently working on another TV series
called Industreet.

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