In life, evolving from your norm to taking up new challenges and working in new spaces is never easy, but success stories like these help us to know that it is possible.
Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa (from the movie, Jenifa) started working in the Nigerian Film Industry as an actress,but has since grown to becoming a producer and director, with many award winning movies to her credit.
Her first directorial feature is ‘Your Excellency’, which premieres on Netflix today, how exciting! She recalled that directing the movie and starring as the Lead cast was “hard work, but it was truly worth it!”
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Directing my first feature length movie – Your Excellency and also playing the lead cast was hard work but it was truly worth it! Super excited that #YourExcellencyMovie premieres exclusively on Netflix from July 10. 💃💃 I honestly cannot wait for you all to see this movie. 😁 Mark your calendars!! #YourExcellencyOnNetflix #EbonyLifeFilms #naijaonnetflix
She plays the role of Kemi Ajadi, the supportive second wife of Olalekan Ajadi in the movie, and says she is super excited for us to see Your Excellency on Netflix Today.
Produced by Ebony Life Films, Your Excellency tells the story of Chief Olalekan Ajadi, a bumbling, billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, is obsessed with Donald Trump. Just when his campaign looks set to be another disaster, Ajadi is anointed by a major party and becomes a credible contender, all through the power of social media.
Funke Akindele and the Executive Producer of the movie, Mo Abudu, made the announcement in a video by Netflix. Recall that Mo Abudu, who is the CEO of Ebony Life Media, recently bagged a deal with Netflix to produce two original African works.
It’s really great seeing Nollywood thrive on Netflix and internationally. Some other Nollywood productions, apart from Your Excellency on Netflix are 4th Republic, Sugar Rush, The Set Up, Lion Heart and Beverly Naya’s documentary, Skin.
Let’s hope seeing Your Excellency on Netflix will be totally worth the wait!