Versatile Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, premiered her latest production, ‘The Return of Jenifa', on September 23, at the Muson Centre, Lagos.
A sequel to the popular hit, ‘Jenifa' (2009), the new film will be shown at cinemas across the country and will also premiere in Britain and America.
The actress, who debuted in the advocacy TV series ‘I Need to Know' in the late nineties, produced ‘The Return of Jenifa' and its prequel. Akindele wowed movie fans with her role as Sulia a.k.a Jenifa in the first film, which attracted millions of viewers, making its star a household name. ‘Jenifa' is estimated to have sold over 8 million copies.
Determined to prove that her initial success was not a fluke, Akindele went on to produce her second movie, ‘Omo Ghetto', a comedy in which she played the lead role, ‘Omo Olomo'. Yoruba film actor, Adebayo Salami, filled in as her father, ‘Baba Onibaba'. Shot in the slums of Lagos, ‘Omo Ghetto' tackles the problem of marginalised youth in Nigerian society and how they can be empowered to become responsible citizens.
Akindele's previous form makes ‘The Return of Jenifa' one of the most anticipated films of this year. The actress-producer reprises her role as Jenifa, the semi-illiterate country bumpkin in the city, who this time opts to participate in a dancing competition, with hilarious consequences.
‘The Return of Jenifa' boasts a slew of cameo roles by well-known entertainment figures. It parades actors, musicians, and celebrities, including Antar Laniyan, Eldee the Don, Banky W, Denrele Edun, Iyabo Ojo, Ireti Osayemi, Helen Paul, Omawumi, and Yinka Quadri.
Backed by the Lagos State government and corporate sponsors, Funke Akindele seems to be pulling all the stops to ensure ‘The Return of Jenifa ' is a hit.
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