Funke Akindele says Mo Abudu wrote ‘Your Excellency’ story

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Funke Akindele-Bello has revealed that Mo Abudu wrote the story that made up the upcoming film, 'Your Excellency'. [Instagram/moabudu]
Funke Akindele-Bello  has revealed that her directorial debut, ‘Your Excellency’ was written by Mo Abudu.

The story for Funke Akindele-Bello’s directorial debut, ‘Your Excellency’ was written by Mo Abudu.

In a recent chat with Pulse, the ‘Jenifa’ star disclosed that Abudu wrote the story while Yinka Ogun scripted it before she was called on board to direct.

Akindele-Bello, who also featured in the film said, “I must give it up for Mo Abudu, she created the characters, she wrote the story for ‘Your Excellency’. She owns the original story and Yinka Ogun developed the script. The story is different, what was she thinking, she went out of the box and I give it to her, it’s a different story and I love the story so much that I was happy getting the opportunity to direct.”

The actress, director, and producer further revealed that she got the opportunity to make some changes while working on the film.

She’s somebody that I respect so much, she inspires a lot of us, she helps a lot of us to grow and she gives people opportunities. She gave me the opportunity to tweak things, change things on set, we worked hand in hand all through,” she said.

Funke Akindele-Bello managed to both direct and feature in the film. She plays the second wife of a presidential aspirant Chief Olalekan Ajadi.

Poking fun at the Nigerian politics and the huge impact of social media, ‘Your Excellency’ tells the story of a bumbling, billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, who becomes a credible contender when his dance moves and gaffes ignite social media. The story also shows how politics and social media are shaping Nigerian society in equal measure.

‘Your Excellency’ features Akin Lewis, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Eku Edewor, ‘EmmaOMG’, Alexx Ekubo, Osas Ighodaro, Seyi Law, Bimbo Manuel, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Chigul, Ikechukwu, Helen Paul and Toni Tones.

Mati Diop, French-Senegalese actress and director, has become the first black female director to win an award in Cannes Film Festival’s  72-year history.

Mati Diop, first black woman to win awards at the Cannes Film Festival

The Grand Prix award,  bestowed by the jury of the festival on one of the competing feature films, is the second-most prestigious prize of the festival after the Palme d’Or.

The 36-year-old however said she was a “little sad” to make history as the first woman of African descent to even have a film screened at the festival.

“My first feeling to be the first black female director was a little sadness that this only happened today in 2019.

”I knew it as I obviously don’t know any black women who came here before,and I knew it but it’s always a reminder that so much work needs to be done still,” she said.

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho also made history for clinching  the ‘Palme d’Or’, most prestigious award at Cannes.

The Palme d’Or was given to the filmmaker for his film ‘Parasite’  a dark comedy that explores the dynamics of social class.

Bong is the first Korean to win Cannes’ top prize, but received acclaim at the festival in 2017 for his film Okja.

The Cannes Film Festival is reputed to be one of world’s most prestigious film fiesta.

The 2019 edition held from May 14 to 25, with Nigeria and other African countries holding the Pavillon Afriques, a platform where filmmakers, investor and other stakeholders meet to discuss business of film making in the continent.

(NAN)

RIHANNA IS RELEASING A 500-PAGE PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK OF ‘INCREDIBLE MEMORIES’

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No matter who you are, where you are, or what time of the day it is, snapshots of Rihanna float across your timeline and you stop what you’re doing and look. Her hair, her smile, her outfits; we each have our favorite look from the singer, songwriter, and fashion house purveyor. There are so many of these glimpses of Rihanna that, instead of letting social media get to pick the looks that the world knows her by, she’s set to release a book of more than 1,000 photos about “visual photography.” You read that right: This fall, you’ll get to own your own personal collection of Rih.

Rihanna will be 504 pages long and include 11 special inserts, a removable poster, and 7 gatefolds. It’ll weigh 15 pounds and come with a carrying case for the ultimate Rihanna experience. According to a press release, it will cover the period “from her childhood in Barbados to her worldwide tours, from quintessential fashion moments to private time with friends and family.” It’s going to be an intimate look at her life as a “musician, performer, designer, and entrepreneur.”

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