Funke Akindele, award-winning actress and producer better known as ‘Jenifa’, will direct and act in a leading role in ‘Your Excellency’, a new EbonyLife film.
The ‘Jenifa’ actress took to her Instagram page to announce the project on Monday.
“Your Excellency has a great script, excellent cast and an experienced production team, so I’m looking forward to making the best possible film,” she wrote.
“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.”
“‘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.”
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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
Mo Abudu, media mogul and executive producer of the film, also expressed her delight over the creative partnership.
“EbonyLife Films is really excited to have Funke Akindele at the helm, directing her first feature,” she wrote on Instagram.
“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.”
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Day One #YourExcellencyMovie. Our darling @funkejenifaakindele, directing and acting and of course cracking us all up at the same time 😂😂😂. You all have so much to look forward to this Christmas 😂😂😂. Great teamwork today to our cast and crew 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾. Thank you all so much ❤❤❤.
While this is Akindele’s debut as a feature film director, she is an experienced producer of eight movies, including the widely acclaimed ‘Jenifa’ and ‘The Return of Jenifa’.
She achieved wide acclaim for producing and starring in popular television series, ‘Jenifa’s Diary’, which became the most-watched family series in Nigeria.
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