In a thirty second clip she posted on her Instagram page recently, iconic actress and producer, Funke Akindele, revalidated the force behind her rooftop profile. Using the vehicle of comedy, and the persona of Jenifa, her enigmatic brand, Akindele ensured a stand on the Silhouette challenge, a Tik Tok global whirl wind which recently took the social media by storm.
But it was the drama and flourish of delivery of the cameo that made Akindele’s Instagram cameo stood out, garnering over 1.3million views and 24,000 feedback in just three days.
“On the light. Put hand on whose shoulder?’’, an indignant Jenifa scoffed in highly accented dialect. “You want check out sinuet challenge. Check out other page. I no sinuet. No fam, no bruv. This is Jenifa page,’’ said Akindele in the hilarious video.
The video came on the heels of Akindele’s latest win – as the co-producer of the highest-grossing Nigerian movie of all time. In a year shredded by the coronavirus pandemic and thrashed by economic recession, Akindele’s Omo Gheto: The Saga beat the odds to break a record previously held by Kemi Adetiba’s Wedding Party.
The big win is perhaps the grandest of the crossover actress’ trophies, after claiming a slew of coveted awards in the make believe industry, including the 2009 Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Award and also the 2016 Best Actress in a Comedy at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.
That Akindele’s soaring profile will inspire thousands around the world is not in doubt. A phoenix, the mother of twins has refused to be crippled by personal and environmental constraints. A failed marriage, miscarriage and an embarrassing public trial almost defined her life and art, but Akindele powered through it all, emerging a shiny pebble at the other side.
“Dreams won’t come looking for you,’’ said the actress at one time. “That’s why you have to chase them. Pursue them until they become reality then hold on tightly,’’ she said.