Funke Akindele-Bello is directing her first Nollywood film with Mo Abudu’s Ebonylife Films. The movie is titled ‘Your Excellency’ and Funke will also play the lead role in it.
After producing at least 10 Nollywood movies and several TV series, Akindele-Bello joins Genevieve Nnaji, Omoni Oboli, and Uche Jombo as an actress-cum director.
EbonyLife Films recently announced the production, which is a partnership between Funke Akindele-Bello and the production company.
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I'm so excited about this project. Cant wait for you all to see this @moabudu they are not ready yet🕺🕺🕺🕺🕺 #Repost @moabudu ・・・ I am so so happy to be on set this morning with the one and only super talented @funkejenifaakindele, our lead actress and director – directing her first feature film – our Christmas special titled – ’YOUR EXCELLENCY’ 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾. We are working round the clock for the next few months to bring you another one of our Christmas special blockbusters. It truly is going to be fantastic!!! The script is just out of this world!!! ’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. Wait till you meet his family, his aides and the other contenders, its hilarious 😃😆😂. We have the most incredible team of cast and crew on this project. Thank you all so much. ♥️💝❤️ Crew :- Writer – Yinka Ogun Director – Funke Akindele Head of Programming – Heidi Uys Producers – Isioma Osaje and James Amuta. DOP – Toka Mcbaror Art Director – Victor Akpan Wardrobe – Yolanda Okereke Associate Producer – Nicole Ofoegbu The incredible cast in alphabetical order:- Funke Akindele-Bello Lala Akindoju Shaffy Bello Kunle Coker Eku Edewor Alex Ekubo EmmahohMaGod Oreka Godis Osas Ighodalo Seyi Law Akin Lewis Bimbo Manuel Ini Dima Okojie Adeyemi Okanlawon Chioma Omeruah Ikechukwu Onunaku Helen Paul & among others. #YourExcellencyMovie #EbonyLifeMedia #ComingSoon
‘Your Excellency,’ which has been tagged a social-media-driven political comedy, is scheduled for a December 2019 release.
Speaking from the set, the ‘Jenifa’ star 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.”
Written by Yinka Ogun, with Isioma Osaje and James Amuta producing, ‘Your Excellency’ also features Lala Akindoju, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Ekun Edewor, Alex Ekubo, Oreka Godis, Osas Ighodaro, Mike Iheuwa, Seyi Law, Akin Lewis, Bimbo Manuel, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Emmanuel OMG, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Helen Paul and Toni Tones.
Mo Abudu, the movie’s Executive Producer says Funke Akindele-Bello’s knack for telling good stories makes her a perfect choice for the production. “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,” she said.
‘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 viral soundbites and amusing antics, can mount a serious challenge for the presidency.