Friday, September 29, 2023

Celebrities react as Funke Akindele, Juliana Olayode end rift

Numerous Nollywood celebrities have responded following the resolution of a longstanding conflict between Nollywood actress Funke Akindele and her co-star from “Jenifa’s Diary,” Juliana Oloyode.

Juliana recently expressed her apologies to Funke through social media, marking the end of their dispute. The disagreement between the two had arisen in 2017 for undisclosed reasons, shortly after Juliana appeared in Funke Akindele’s popular series, “Jenifa’s Diary.”

On her Instagram page, Juliana posted a photo of herself with Funke and accompanied it with a lengthy message, offering her sincere apologies to the actress. Juliana also mentioned that she had previously apologized to Funke privately but felt the importance of making a public apology.

”As a teenager, my career in the mainstream entertainment industry started where many people who have put in years of hard work could only dream of, how could a neophyte even start from the mainstream, if not for a miracle?

”In my case, the mercy of God and unmerited favour was evident, I broke into the industry by playing a friend and co lead with a screen goddess who had put in decades of hard work and unprecedented creativity even as at that time.

”God used Aunty Funke Akindele @funkejenifaakindele to put me into the limelight. It was a shocker for me, especially at that tender age, when I had barely left secondary school, the kind of fame I earned from playing Toyosi in Jenifa’s Diary was too enormous for my understanding.

”However, the lack of industry nitty gritty started manifesting in me, coupled with the fact that I had a guardian (manager) who didn’t understand how the entertainment industry works, and I believed anything he felt and said.

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”My guardian sent an email to Scene One TV, the producers of the Sitcom, which entire content I wasn’t aware of until recently.

”The story of my goofs at the take off of my career can not be exhausted in a million words, I want to use this opportunity to apologise to Aunty Funke Akindele, ọmọdé ò lè mọ ẹ̀kọ́ jẹ, kó má ra lọ́wọ́, I am incredibly sorry for how I hurt you and how the email that was sent hurt you.

”Please forgive me for my childish mistakes of the past, I am deeply sorry for everything.🙏🙏

”I love you eternally Aunty Funke.

”NB: I just feel the burden to make this official, it’s not an attempt for people to help me beg her, I have met Aunty Funke, she has forgiven me, she hugged me, prayed for me, cooked for me like she used to in those good old days, Jollof rice elemi meji, fried rice and sweet chicken.(lol)
“I am her baby forever. She is such a sweet soul. The good days are back and you should probably anticipate 🤐. I love you all, thank you 😍.”

Reacting to Juliana’s post, Funke commended saying;

“My Juliana. I miss you. I will bite you. Omo mi. I love you. See you soon”.

Funke’s comment has since attracted multiple stars who also expressed their joy over the mended relationship.

Actress Toyin Adewale wrote; ”@funkeakindele Iya ibeji thank you very much, Oluwa ada awon omo si fun eh loruko jesu kristi, God bless you, darling.”

Failthia Williams wrote; ”Aunty Funke thank you.. Allah will continue to bless you and yours.. ”

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Eniola Ajao wrote; ”You are a huge blessing our dearest Auntie FUNKE. Thank you so much for everything 🙏 We love you ma❤️.”

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