Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello is one of the most loved actresses in the movie industry. From the days of the United Nations Population Fund funded series, I Need To Know, to the recent times of Jenifa’s Dairy, Funke worked her way into the acts of her audiences.
So popular and successful, Funke is a mentor to many young women, especially those who wants to go into the movie industry. However, the actress,. Who just launched her YouTube page, revealed that her career started from the rock bottom.
In her recent vlog titled, ‘Second Chance,’ the actress talked about the things she has been through in the course of her career to encourage young people.
“There are a lot of young people out there going through a lot to survive. Struggles, challenges, a lot of nos, obstacles, and they want to give up but I want you to look at me and hear that part of my story and don’t give up. I will share some things I’ve been through in my life, and I’ll like you to liken it to whatever you’re going through right now,” she said.
According to her, when she started acting in 1998, she got a lot of nos amidst struggles to attend auditions.
“If you’re looking for the queen of audition, it is me. Queen of waka pass, it is me,” she said, noting that her auditions are always good, so much that she gets a clap from the producer but when the list for the people chosen is pasted, she only gets the small roles.
Frustrated so much that she would want to give up, her mum would encourage her and she woud start the cycle again.
“Sometimes, I would trek to some places, then take a bus so I can meet up. I could count how many shoes and clothes I had then. But today, stories have changed. I got a lot of nos but I kept on doing it till I got the big break, I Need To Know,” she said, explaining that she was paid very well for the series, which lasted about six years.
Funke experienced a good life from working on the series and anybody would have made a bet that she would become a star because of the major role she played in the movie, unfortunately, that was not the case.
“I went from being at the top to going down. I went back to attending auditions, to lobbying, to calling people, knocking on doors, but none opened. So I felt like I’ve lost my chance. Will I ever have another chance to rise?” she said, adding that things didn’t add up for her.
However, her mum’s advice and her trust in God kept her going till she got another big break, producing her own movie, Ojo Ketala. Since then, she kept growing and expanding till her biggest hit, Jenifa’s Diary, which has now made into a series.
“From the first major break, things went down. A second chance came, many chances came and here I am today. So, I want to tell you not to give up. Its good to be expectant but just do it with a free mind. Do not give up, its time to dust your shoe and move. Call people, call friends and a chance will come. Whatever you’re doing, even if it is not entertainment, if you’ve fallen or your business is down, believe in yourself. You can do it,” she said, encouraging young people to guard their opportunity jealously.
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