Toyin Abraham publicly ends feud with Funke Akindele, calls for healthy competition

Toyin Abraham publicly ends feud with Funke Akindele, calls for healthy competition

Highly-regarded actress and film producer, Funke Akindele, responded to the public reconciliation gesture made by her colleague, Toyin Abraham Ajeyemi, thereby effectively putting an end to their dispute.

A short while ago, Toyin Abraham posted a picture of Funke Akindele on her Instagram page, along with a heartfelt letter encouraging fans to halt any ongoing conflicts between the two parties.

Upon contemplating the adverse effects of rivalry fueled by fans on their personal lives, careers, and relationship, Toyin underscored their history of healthy competition and joint accomplishments.

She notably commended Funke Akindele for her recent success at the box office with the movie “A Tribe Called Judah.”

Delving into their previous competitive relationship, Toyin shed light on the obstacles encountered in the Yoruba film industry and their subsequent growth over time.

Despite the initial competition and division among fans, Toyin Abraham expressed her admiration for Funke’s accomplishments and the motivation she offered to other women in the field.

She recognized the evolution of their perspectives and stressed the significance of constructive competition over negativity.

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She wrote:

“If you guys knew the fierce competition to be number one in those days in the Yoruba industry (I don’t know if that still exists though). The fierce competition created camps, enmity, and many professional gossips. The number one cause of fights in the industry then was ‘he said, she said’ before the social media era. Dear Nollywood people, let me chip this in, stop tearing the industry down with your gossips. You have caused lots of damage with ‘he-said, she-said’.

Let me go back to my story. In those days of the Yoruba film industry, @funkejenifaakindele was like number one after the likes of Aunty Bukky and Aunty Faithia. I was the next in line. The competition was much and with many gossips in between, we became competitors and persona non grata.

She moved on to the English industry, I became number one before moving on too (A word of advice to young actors of today, no one will be number one forever. It doesn’t mean you fall down the pecking order, it might just be that you move on to bigger things. E rora tele bashubashu. You don’t own the industry, the industry is bigger than you). In the English industry, Aunty Funke and I continued the rivalry sort of. It pitted our fans against each other. We are two competitive Virgo women, we love to win and sometimes in that process, we splash dirt and mud.

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But with time, age, and more wisdom, I have realized we can compete without being negatively competitive. Aunty Funke, I celebrate you for showing us what is possible. You are a winner. You sold over 1B, you made it possible for other women to dream. You ran us street with that 1B o, this year, many of us will move to 1B and we pray God makes you bigger.

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Thank you for making great movies and selling them like your life depends on it. You taught other women to hustle harder. I had set records in box office records, Aunty came and beat them, today I am happy because she has challenged me to set higher goals. Sis, let’s compliment each other even in competition at the box office, I owe you one post in December (only 1 o, I need to sell market…Lol). I pray that God will make all your dreams come true. I admire you and wish you all the best.

With Love, T!”

In response, fans and other celebrities commended Toyin’s initiative for reconciliation, recognizing the significance of repairing relationships within the industry.

Funke Akindele, in turn, expressed her appreciation and extended well wishes to Toyin. Her message conveyed warmth and support, affirming their renewed connection.

She wrote: “Toyin baby ❤️❤️ all the best dear.”

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