Movie ‘Battle on Buka Streets’ is like a farewell to Nollywood, says Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele, a star actress and politician, has reaffirmed her intention to leave Nollywood to pursue a political career.
It should be noted that Funke Akindele stated in July, when confirming her PDP deputy governorship candidacy, that she was willing to pay the price of embracing politics, which would temporarily halt her career in Nollywood.
In an interview with Punch Deji Lambo, Funke Akindele revealed that her latest film, ‘Battle on Buka Streets’, is her farewell project before delving fully into politics.
Funke is taking a break o the film industry to run for the position of deputy governor of Lagos State in 2023.
She says she is handing over the torch to the new ones, though she will continue to advise and supervise them in the background.
She also expressed her delight at advancing from actress to writer, producer, and director, as well as discovering new talents.
In her words;
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?
The mother of two also revealed that she filmed the film during a difficult period in her life, though she did not specify whether this was during her rumoured divorce from her husband, JJC Skillz.
It was tedious; I filmed ‘Battle on Buka Street’ when I was really down, emotionally I was down, and this was before politics. So, rather than sitting down crying, I had to braze up because a lot of young people are looking up to me in the entertainment industry as we do work together. So, I can’t just sit down; I just pushed past all the pain, and put the emotions into the project and today we see the big thing happening and I am excited about that.