Nollywood actress Adunni Ade found herself overwhelmed with emotion as she discovered she had been ranked alongside esteemed figures such as Mo Abudu, Funke Akindele, Toyin Abraham, Biodun Stephen, and several others. The esteemed Nigerian Box Office had recently unveiled a list showcasing the top female filmmakers in the industry for the year 2022, and Adunni had secured a well-deserved spot on this prestigious roster.
Expressing her heartfelt appreciation, Adunni took to her Instagram page to convey her gratitude for this incredible honor. She disclosed that a decade ago, when she embarked on her journey in Nollywood, she had looked up to Funke Akindele as a role model. Adunni fondly remembered how Funke Akindele’s iconic character, Jenifa, resonated with her and mirrored her own behavior whenever she encountered Nigerians in Kentucky.
Recalling a cherished encounter, Adunni shared the story of meeting Funke Akindele in New York, where she found her to be an exceptionally kind-hearted individual. This encounter further solidified Adunni’s admiration for her industry peer and served as a poignant reminder of the impact that role models can have on aspiring talents.
“To be celebrated alongside these great women in film beyond me. I have come across some women who have impacted me as an Actor and a new filmmaker.
When I decided to get into Nollywood a decade ago. I looked up to sis @funkejenifaakindele Her “Jenifa” character was pretty much my behavior whenever I came across any Nigerian in Kentucky. I met her in New York and she was the sweetest soul! I loved her charisma and looked forward to the day we’d work together which eventually happened in Season 2 of Jenifa.
You’ve been very supportive and I’m thankful! Unknowingly to @jadeosiberu, you pushed me into making my own project with your film “sugar rush”. I was in tears the day I watched it and immediately started my planning on how I would make a film. I actually contacted her to direct SOOLE. Though I haven’t worked with you yet, it’s something I’m looking forward to!
My sister @biodunstephen I met you when I freshly came into the country. I always looked forward to that day we’d be together and it has taken a decade for that to happen and I can’t wait for the world to see what you’ve created.
Thank you Aunty @moabudu for having me on “Sons of the caliphate” I admire your tenacity in filmmaking!
@filmoneng thank you for this. The show doesn’t stop! We keep it moving! 2 New projects coming your way soon”.