Funke Akindele makes directorial debut

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello, has made her directorial debut in a new movie titled ‘Your Excellency’.

EbonyLife Films announced the production, which is a partnership between Akindele-Bello and the production company on Tuesday.

The actress featured in EbonyLife Films’ 2018 production, ‘Chief Daddy’ playing the role of the younger sister to Kate Henshaw and one of the daughters of Chief Daddy.

The actress will also be playing the lead role in the movie which has been tagged a social-media-driven political comedy.

Your Excellency tells the story of Chief Olalekan Ajadi, a bumbling, billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, who 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.

As the political drama unfolds, it seems possible that even the most inept candidate, with little to offer voters except for viral soundbites and amusing antics, can mount a serious challenge for the presidency

Speaking from the set, Funke Akindele said, “Your Excellency has a great script, excellent cast and an experienced production team, so I’m looking forward to making the best possible film. It’s great to be working with Aunty Mo again, so soon after the success of Chief Daddy, and hopefully, we can make another hit movie.”

The cast is a star-studded ensemble of well-known Nollywood faces, including Lala Akindoju, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Ekun Edewor, Alex Ekubo, Oreka Godis, Osas Ighodaro, Mike Iheuwa, Seyi Law, Akin Lewis, and Bimbo Manuel.

Others are Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Emmanuel OMG, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Helen Paul and Toni Tones.

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The Executive Producer, Mo Abudu said, “EbonyLife Films is really excited to have Funke Akindele at the helm, directing her first feature. Her knack for telling a good story, her comedic instincts and an incredible work ethic make her the perfect choice for this film.

Everyone will be able to relate to the characters and the way in which social media is shaping our lives and the country’s future.”

‘Your Excellency’ is scheduled for release in December 2019.

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