Ace Nollywood actor and breaker of box office records, Funke Akindele has announced her retirement from acting for a full-time career in politics. The 44-year-old actress popularly known as Jenifa made this revelation recently in an interview with Punch’s Deji Lambo ahead of her latest (and now final) movie Battle on Buka Street.
“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. So, ‘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?”
Going further to spotlight Battle on Buka Street, Akindele said:
“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.”
Funke Akindele is currently contesting in the 2023 Lagos State gubernatorial election in the role of Deputy to Olajide Adediran’s Governorship quest, under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Battle on Buka Street, her seemingly final movie is set to release in theatres across the country on December 16, 2022.