Nigerian movie star, Funke Akindele has announced that her latest film, ‘Battle on Buka Streets’, is her farewell production as she is contesting to be the next Deputy Governor of Lagos State.
Abdul-azeez Olajide Adediran popularly known as Jandor, will alongside Funke be jostling for the gubernatorial seat in Lagos State under the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) against the incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwoolu of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the 2023 elections.
Funke Akindele, however, noted that she would be leaving the industry for upcoming artistes, insisting that she would continue to assist them in both advisory and supervisory capacities.
Expressing her fulfilment, the movie director recounted how she has evolved from being an actress to a writer, producer, director and now a talent hunter.
She said, “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.”
“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?”
Speaking further, Funke Akindele said she made the film while she was trying to manage the divorce trauma from JJC Skillz.
“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.”