“Sikiratu Sindodo And Iyabo Ojo Really Fought For My Life”— Funke Akindele Says As She Revealed Her Early Start In The Nollwood Industry (Watch)

Nollywood actress and Box Office King, Funke Akindele, has undoubtedly had a remarkable journey in the industry. She recently reflected on how her colleagues, Iyabo Ojo and Sikiratu Sindodo, played significant roles in helping her climb the ladder of success.

During an interview with media personality Toke Makinwa for her podcast, “Toke Moments,” Funke Akindele candidly shared how Iyabo Ojo and Sikiratu Sindodo championed her cause in the Yoruba film industry during her early career days, highlighting their support and friendship.


According to her, she faced stereotyping in the industry because many considered her physical appearance as ‘ugly,’ which resulted in her being primarily cast for minor “waka pass” roles.

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Funke Akindele revealed that she faced stereotyping in the industry due to her perceived “ugly” physical appearance, which led to her being primarily cast in minor roles, often referred to as “waka pass” roles.

Fortunately, Sikiratu Sindodo and Iyabo Ojo took a stand and advocated on Funke Akindele’s behalf, confronting producers who underestimated her. Iyabo Ojo even went the extra mile by treating Funke to meals at eateries whenever she faced rejection on set, demonstrating their strong support and friendship.

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Funke Akindele recalled the challenging times when people criticized her appearance, mentioning that she was told she wasn’t attractive enough and lacked certain physical features. She vividly remembered an incident in a Yoruba movie where she expected a lead role but was given a minor “waka pass” role, leading her to tears. Sikiratu Sindodo and Iyabo Ojo, her friends and colleagues, comforted her during those tough moments. They even confronted producers on her behalf, emphasizing her talent and her role in the popular series “I Need To Know.” Iyabo Ojo went as far as vowing not to work with any producer who didn’t cast Funke, and after their advocacy, she would take Funke to Sweet Sensation to eat. Their support and friendship meant a lot to her during those difficult times.

Funke Akindele has paid her dues from the days of I need to know, jenifa etc. Iyabo Ojo is really the voice for the voiceless. https://t.co/KYqjYjVg8d— Tina 💕💕 (@Tripleboz) October 7, 2023

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