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I’m Not Yet a Billionaire – Funke Akindele Debunks Rumors Amid Movie Success

Popular Nollywood actress Funke Akindele has dismissed rumours that she’s a billionaire.
Many had labeled her a billionaire owing to the success of her latest movie, A Tribe Called Judah.
Despite the film grossing over a billion naira, the actress clarified that she did not personally earn billions from it.
Responding to the speculation, Funke Akindele emphasized that while her recent work has achieved significant financial success, she remains dedicated to her craft and hard work.
She expressed gratitude for the support received but asserted that she is not a billionaire, describing herself as a “confirmed hustler.”
In her words;
“Thanks dear. I’m not a billionaire! My movie A Tribe Called Judah grossed over a billion naira. But I didn’t take the billion home o!!! I be confirmed hustler.”
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Funke Akindele, Others React as Falz Rocks Skirt to Celebrate New Chapter In His Life

Nigerian singer and actor, Falz has rocked a skirt to celebrate the next chapter of his life.
The star took to his Instagram page to share a photo of himself rocking the skirt and wrote: “A new chapter starts shortly. 07-06-24”
After Falz had shared the picture, Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele and other celebrities took to his comment section to react.
Funke Akindele wrote, “I wish I could send a voice note! Folarin!! You took my skirt. Hmmm, it is well
Adekunle Gold wrote, “O ma wo skirt ke.
Actress Michelle Dede wrote, “FasaaaaShun!
Brodashaggi wrote, “Egbon Potiphar
One Switope wrote, “Show me your style? Anoda one, be like that
One The Jessica Theresa wrote, “Whoever styled you will make heaven cause what is this
One Uncle Mide wrote, “Naaa, the stylist will make heaven. Come the fuck on
One Gee Dolz wrote, “Folarin hope you’re not Risky ooo”.
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Actress Funke Akindele to Donate N2M to Celestial Churches

Nollywood actress and director, Funke Akindele has revealed plans to make two million naira donation to Celestial Churches in Nigeria.
She said the donation is in celebration of the annual juvenile harvest, a season of fruitfulness and blessings for Celestial worshippers.
She took to her Instagram page to make the announcement and wrote:
“Happy Juvenile Harvest to our children!!
We will like to give 100,000 Naira to 20 celestial churches for the children!!
Please drop a celestial church account details!( ENSURE ITS THE CHURCH ACCT DETAILS)
The churches will be picked randomly. Oluwa a da awon Omo wa si o!!! Hallelujah!!” she wrote.
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Fans Blast Organisers After Funke Akindele Failed to Win An Award at 2024 AMVCA

Organisers of the 10th African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) have been lambasted by fans of actress, Funke Akindele after she failed to clinch an award over the weekend.

Recall that the annual AMVCA award held on Saturday, May 11, at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos State.

Despite being nominated in multiple categories, including Best Makeup, Best Writing in a Movie, Best Lead Actress, Best Movie, and Best Supporting Actor, Funke Akindele’s blockbuster and record breaking movie, ‘A Tribe of Judah’, failed to take home any award.
Akindele’s film was the first Nigerian movie to gross over N1 billion in cinema last December.
The ‘Breath Of Life’ was the biggest winner of the night, snagging six awards, including Best Movie, Best Sound Design, Best Director (BB Sasore), Best Lead Actor (Wale Ojo), Best Supporting Actor (Ademola Adedoyin), Best Supporting Actress (Genoveva Umeh), and Trailblazer (Chimezie Imo).
While some defended the verdicts of the organisers, others disagreed by stating that Funke Akindele was ‘snubbed’ by the organisers.
@lil_maamiii wrote: “I don’t want to hear anything like Funke Akindele was robbed oo, when she bagged all the awards with “Omo ghetto the saga” nobody remembered Robbery oo, so please let Breath of life BREATHE!!!!!”
@EbongDi stated: “I told my wife early this year that Funke Akindele’s “A Tribe of Judah” may have grossed the highest earnings of a movie in Nigeria, “Breath of Life” was a better movie by a mile. Breath of life was shoulders ahead of any movie in Nigeria in 2023. I was so glad I watched it.”
@TosinOlugbenga wondered: “Wetin Funke Akindele do them? They’re actually snubbing her. No industry achievement award? With her highest grossing movie of all time? Twice in a row.. in two years.”
@The_BoluTife wrote: “Kehinde Bankole winning over Funke Akindele… Hmmmmm Her Performance in Adire is not close to what Funke did in ATCJ But Kehinde is great actress!”
@abazwhylllz declared:“A Tribe Called Judah is my own movie of the year. Keep your head high Funke Akindele.”
@EObaniyi argued: “Award or not, Funke Akindele is the best in the game.”

@PoojaMedia wrote: “A Tribe Called Judah didn’t win any award. Wow”
@Wizkidfc insisted : “A Tribe Called Judah is my own Best Movie. Funke Akindele take your flowers.”
@EngOguns wrote, “I’m not even that mad that A Tribe Called Judah was snubbed in all categories. I’m livid because not once did they mention the 1B milestone.. It’s obvious that #AMVCA10 no longer f*ck with Funke Akindele.”
@PureMind_ asserted, “The money Funke Akindele made from ‘A Tribe called Judah’ must have rattled a lot of people for this level of hate.”
@Ifeobayeji wrote, “Anyway, Kehinde had a better performance than Funke if we compare both movies [‘Adire’ and ‘A Tribe Called Judah’]. But how ‘Breath of Life’ won best movie over ATCJ [‘A Tribe Called Judah’] is shocking.”
@Kumms argued, “‘Breath of Life’ is a better movie than ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ on every metric.”
@MissyKobell opined, “‘A Tribe Called Judah’ is better than ‘Adire’ sha… You can’t beat Funke Akindele in a category if we are being honest.”
@tianaadebayo wrote, “‘A Tribe Called Judah’ by Funke Akindele gave us what we have always known in a different way but ‘Breath Of Life’ storyline was awesome.. it’s a well deserved win for ‘Breath Of Life’ and that doesn’t mean that Funke Akindele isn’t a winner.. she is now and always.”
@The_Bolutife wrote, “Second year that Funke Akindele’s blockbuster movie didn’t win any awards. Something is fishing.”
@PureMinD__ wrote: “The money Funke Akindele made from “A Tribe called Judah” must have rattled a lot of people for this level of hate.”
@Iam_bibi0 wrote: “Funke Akindele is one woman army, She has done a lot for her career Award or not she is the best in her category. I’m glad everyone recognized her hard work and gave her the flowers she deserves. Congratulations to all those that won tonight.”
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10th AMVCA: Nigerians React As Funke Akindele’s ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ Misses Out

The 10th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), hosted at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos on Saturday, continues to spark reactions and discussions.

Funke Akindele’s record-breaking film, ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ snub has emerged as the biggest talking point from the event.

The movie, ‘Breath Of Life’ was the biggest winner of the night, snagging six awards, including Best Movie, Best Sound Design, Best Director (BB Sasore), Best Lead Actor (Wale Ojo), Best Supporting Actor (Ademola Adedoyin), Best Supporting Actress (Genoveva Umeh), and Trailblazer (Chimezie Imo).

‘A Tribe Called Judah’ on the other hand, lost all five nominations despite becoming the first Nigerian movie to gross over N1 billion in cinema last December.

As expected, the snub of Nigeria’s highest-grossing film has sparked a social media firestorm.

Here is a compilation of some of the reactions on X:

@abazwhylllz wrote, “A Tribe Called Judah is my own movie of the year. Keep your head high Funke Akindele.”

@EObaniyi opined, “Award or not, Funke Akindele is the best in the game.”

@PoojaMedia wrote, “A Tribe Called Judah didn’t win any award. Wow”

@Wizkidfc wrote, “A Tribe Called Judah is my own Best Movie. Funke Akindele take your flowers.”

@Lil_maamiii stated, “I don’t want to hear anything like Funke Akindele was robbed oo, when she bagged all the awards with ‘Omo Ghetto: The Saga’, nobody remembered robbery oo, so please let ‘Breath Of Life’ breathe.”

@EngOguns wrote, “I’m not even that mad that A Tribe Called Judah was snubbed in all categories. I’m livid because not once did they mention the 1B milestone.. It’s obvious that #AMVCA10 no longer f*ck with Funke Akindele.”

@PureMind_ asserted, “The money Funke Akindele made from ‘A Tribe called Judah’ must have rattled a lot of people for this level of hate.”

@Ifeobayeji wrote, “Anyway, Kehinde had a better performance than Funke if we compare both movies [‘Adire’ and ‘A Tribe Called Judah’]. But how ‘Breath of Life’ won best movie over ATCJ [‘A Tribe Called Judah’] is shocking.”

@Kumms argued, “‘Breath of Life’ is a better movie than ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ on every metric.”

@MissyKobell opined, “‘A Tribe Called Judah’ is better than ‘Adire’ sha… You can’t beat Funke Akindele in a category if we are being honest.”

@tianaadebayo wrote, “‘A Tribe Called Judah’ by Funke Akindele gave us what we have always known in a different way but ‘Breath Of Life’ storyline was awesome.. it’s a well deserved win for ‘Breath Of Life’ and that doesn’t mean that Funke Akindele isn’t a winner.. she is now and always.”

@The_Bolutife wrote, “Second year that Funke Akindele’s blockbuster movie didn’t win any awards. Something is fishing.”

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Being An Underdog Doesn’t Define Me, It Fuels Me – Funke Akindele

Nigerian actress and movie producer, Funke Akindele has stated that being an underdog in the industry fuels her.

She stated that despite the challenges she encounters, she keeps pushing boundaries.

The movie star made this known in a post via her X handle on Friday.

According to the Cinema Box-Office Queen, her success isn’t measured by accolades but by the stories she tells and the impact she makes on people’s lives.

She further urged her fans and followers never to give up their dreams, regardless of the odds.

She wrote, “Being an underdog doesn’t define me, it fuels me. Despite all the challenges I face, I keep pushing boundaries in Nigerian cinema. My success isn’t measured by accolades but by the stories I tell and the lives I impact. Here’s to never giving up on your dreams, no matter the odds. #UnderdogSpirit #Persistence #keeppushing”

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‘A Tribe Called Judah’ by Funke Akindele concludes its cinematic run with ₦1.4 billion

At the end of its theatrical run, Funke Akindele’s film “A Tribe Called Judah” took in ₦1.4 billion.

Remember that when the film debuted on December 15, 2023, it broke box office records to become the highest-grossing Nollywood film ever as well as the first to earn a billion naira at the box office.

It is the fastest Nollywood film to accomplish this accomplishment, having accomplished all of these within three weeks of its debut.

The Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) provided data showing that, after 11 weeks, the film’s final weekend, which took place between February 23 and February 25, only brought in ₦14,745 from its two screens.

Before disappearing from the weekly top 20, A Tribe Called Judah had a final gross of ₦1,404,207,541, with 374,552 ticket admissions.

In addition, the movie was shown in twelve different provinces of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, and Togo, as well as in Ghana and the United Kingdom.

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Funke Akindele expresses gratitude for “making it the biggest movie for me” after “A Tribe Called Judah” earns over N1.4 billion at the box office.

Funke Akindele, a Nollywood actress and filmmaker, is appreciative of West Africa and Nigeria for helping to make her film “A Tribe Called Judah” a hit.

Funke Akindele broke all previous records for the Nigerian film industry and became the first Nollywood movie to earn one billion naira in a short amount of time.

Her film smashed box office records in the UK as well, earning an incredible £80,000 in just four weeks of streaming.

Funke Akindele has now sent a letter of thanks to Nigeria and West Africa for their contributions in the movie’s historic voyage, following the N1.4 billion box office triumph of her film.

“We are grateful for the incredible journey of #ATribeCalledJudah – the #1 film in Nigeria and West Africa!” the writer said. 🎬🌟 I appreciate you making it the biggest movie.

Thanks for making it the biggest film for Funke Akindele, the top Nollywood movie, and the ultimate cinematic triumph of 2023/2024🏆 This movie is distributed by @filmoneng #ATribeCalledJudah#NollywoodSuccess”

See reactions below:

olayodejuliana said: “The woman king!!!!!!!!!!!!! screaming congratulations………… This is the beginning of greater things mama❤️❤️❤️🎉🎉🎉🎊🎊🎊”

folagade_banks wrote: “Queen 👏👏 A round of Applause for the Queen❤”

Chidi Mokeme reacted: “No Contest 👏👏👏”

deyemitheactor penned: “My darling Sis Funke… congratulations! Abeg you fit borrow #AllsFairInLove  just the . (point)? Tenx a billion! 😂😂♥️♥️”

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How Actress Funke Akindele Replied X User Who Told Her She Is Getting Old And Needs To Remarry

Funke Akindele, the popular Nigerian actress, last night gave an epic response to an X user who came at her online,.

She responded to the X user who asked her to go and remarry as she is getting older.

The actress who has been married twice, spotted the comment and referred to the X user as a ‘wedding planner’

See their exchange below…

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Actress Juliana Olayode Thanks Funke Akindele For Movie Role Opportunity After They Reunited

Actress Juliana Olayode has expressed joy after getting a role in a new movie to be produced by actress Funke Akindele.
The new movie is coming to the cinemas in December.
Juliana is among the cast members of Funke’s new film, A Tribe Called Judah, starring Ebele Okaro, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Timini Egbuson, and others.
Fans trooped to her Instagram account on Monday to express their delight at the actress rejoining with the filmmaker six years after her emotional leave from Funke’s blockbuster series Jenifa’s Dairy.
Juliana shared a video of herself on Instagram on Tuesday, showing off her dance talents and expressing her delight at her return to Funke’s Scene One TV family.
She also stated that she was so pleased to be working with Funke that she burst into tears on set.
She wrote: “We are COMING!!! A Tribe Called Judah is coming to the cinema on the 15th of December mark your calendars.
 
“Thank you for all the excitement and messages since I posted the video introducing the characters of A Tribe Called Judah yesterday. Posting this reel so y’all can see that I am as excited as you are. I was so excited I cried on set. Thank you so much mama @funkejenifaakindele for the opportunity to play Hilda. You are simply the BEST.”