Funke Akindele Opens Up About Challenges Faced as a Struggling Actress

Funke Akindele’s Early Career Challenges

Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Funke Akindele, recently shed light on the difficulties she encountered as an aspiring actress.

Akindele candidly shared that she faced rejection for significant roles in the industry due to how she was perceived physically.

Appearance-Based Rejection

During an appearance on the TokeMoments podcast, hosted by Toke Makinwa, Akindele revealed that her looks were a major factor in her struggle for recognition.

Even in Yoruba indigenous movies, she found herself denied major roles because of her physique.

Grateful for Iyabo Ojo’s Support

Akindele expressed her gratitude to fellow actress Iyabo Ojo, who extended a helping hand during her confrontations with filmmakers who dismissed her based on her appearance.

These rejections left her with minor roles that didn’t align with her aspirations.

Emotional Impact of Rejection

Recalling those trying times, Akindele revealed that she often faced harsh comments, such as being told she wasn’t attractive or didn’t possess certain physical features.

These criticisms took an emotional toll on her, leading to moments of tears and self-doubt.

Advice to Young Artists on Contracts

In addition to sharing her early career struggles, Funke Akindele offered advice to young and up-and-coming artists in the entertainment industry.

She emphasized the importance of studying and understanding contracts with record labels to avoid pitfalls and challenges.

Educating Young Artists

Akindele stressed the need for education, patience, and careful consideration of contracts in the pursuit of fame.

She mentioned the importance of seminars and workshops to equip young talents with the knowledge and guidance necessary for navigating the industry successfully.

Focus on Supporting Young Artists

Funke Akindele highlighted the significance of her content, particularly the Prime Video mini-series titled ‘She Must Be Obeyed,’ which addresses issues faced by young artists in the music industry.

The series aims to provide valuable insights and lessons for emerging talents.

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