Funke Akindele, an actress and politician, has reaffirmed her intention to leave Nollywood to pursue a political career.
Remember that Funke Akindele stated in July, while confirming her PDP deputy governorship candidacy, that she was willing to pay the price of embracing politics, which would temporarily halt her career in the Nollywood industry.
In an interview with Punch Deji Lambo, Funke Akindele revealed that her latest movie, Battle on Buka Streets, is her farewell project as she fully delves into politics.
The reason for stepping away from the movie industry isn’t far fetched, as Funke is contesting to be the next deputy governor of Lagos State.
According to her, she is passing the baton to the new ones, though, she would still be at the background to advise and supervise them.
How did you come about your new movie?
I am excited about my new movie titled ‘Battle on Buka Street.’ A young guy called Jack owns the original story. The guy is a newbie in the entertainment industry and the talents we showcased on ‘Battle on Buka Street’ are young and fresh. Nollywood should get ready for the new faces. Working with young people has really touched my life; so, anytime I hear that they have something new to work on, I quickly jump on it and support them.
Tell us about the movie
The movie is about a family, the hustle and bustle in the family, the ups and downs, and the fictions. All I wanted to preach on ‘Battle on the Buka Street’ is to celebrate our culture, our food because I love African food so much, and to also celebrate oneness in the family, state and country.
What is the cultural essence of the movie?
Ensuring that we bring everybody together; there is no segregation, nothing like discrimination, no tribalism. It is about just preaching the unity in Nigeria.
How involved are you in this project?
A great change has happened positively if you noticed. From being an actor, I also write, produce, direct and discover new faces. So, I have passed the baton of production to the young people because I have moved into politics now. ‘Battle on Buka Street’ is like a farewell because I am going to be the next deputy governor of Lagos State. So, I am passing the baton to the new ones because we need to give them an opportunity. Yes, I will be in the background to advise and supervise them, but let them be the face, let us celebrate them, are you not tired of seeing old faces?