Nollywood actress and Box Office King, Funke Akindele, has undoubtedly had an incredible journey in the industry. Recently, she took a moment to reflect on the significant roles played by her colleagues, Iyabo Ojo and Sikiratu Sindodo, in helping her rise to success.
During an interview on media personality Toke Makinwa’s podcast, “Toke Moments,” Funke Akindele openly discussed how Iyabo Ojo and Sikiratu Sindodo were pivotal in supporting her career in the Yoruba film industry during her early days. She highlighted their friendship and unwavering support.
According to her, she faced prejudice in the industry because her physical appearance was often labeled as ‘ugly,’ which led to her being predominantly cast in minor “waka pass” roles.
Funke Akindele disclosed that she faced unfair stereotyping in the industry, primarily due to her perceived “ugly” physical appearance, which resulted in her being typecast into minor roles, often referred to as “waka pass” roles.
However, she was fortunate to have Sikiratu Sindodo and Iyabo Ojo in her corner, who staunchly advocated for her and challenged producers who underestimated her talent. Iyabo Ojo went the extra mile by comforting Funke during times of rejection on set, even treating her to meals at eateries to show their unwavering support and friendship.
Funke Akindele vividly recalled the challenging moments when her appearance faced criticism, and she was told she didn’t meet certain physical standards. One particular incident in a Yoruba movie left her in tears when she expected a leading role but was assigned a minor “waka pass” part. It was during these difficult times that her friends and colleagues, Sikiratu Sindodo and Iyabo Ojo, offered their solace. They bravely confronted producers, highlighting her talents and referencing her role in the popular series “I Need To Know.” Iyabo Ojo even declared that she wouldn’t collaborate with any producer who didn’t cast Funke. After their advocacy, she would take Funke to Sweet Sensation to share a meal. Their steadfast support and friendship meant the world to her during those challenging periods.
Funke Akindele has certainly earned her stripes, starting from her days in “I Need to Know” and later with “Jenifa,” among others. Iyabo Ojo is undeniably a strong advocate for those who may not have a voice. 💕💕