Why I Can Never Repay Funke Akindele for Sacrifice She Made for Me – Uzee Usman spill

Nollywood actor Uzee Usman, renowned for his roles in the acclaimed movie “A Tribe Called Judah” and the Netflix series “Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre,” shares heartfelt insights in a recent interview.

He reflects on the profound sacrifice made by fellow actress Funke Akindele, expressing deep appreciation for her gesture.Usman opens up about Akindele’s selfless act, highlighting the significance it held in his life and career journey.

He discusses the impact of her support and how it has shaped his trajectory in the entertainment industry. Through candid storytelling, Usman sheds light on the bond forged with Akindele and the enduring gratitude he harbors towards her.

Usman opens up about Akindele’s selfless act, highlighting the significance it held in his life and career journey. He discusses the impact of her support and how it has shaped his trajectory in the entertainment industry. Through candid storytelling, Usman sheds light on the bond forged with Akindele and the enduring gratitude he harbors towards her.

The interview provides a touching glimpse into the camaraderie and generosity within the Nollywood community, showcasing the profound influence of mentors and allies like Funke Akindele on rising talents like Uzee Usman.

The interview provides a touching glimpse into the camaraderie and generosity within the Nollywood community, showcasing the profound influence of mentors and allies like Funke Akindele on rising talents like Uzee Usman.

UZEE USMAN SAID: I remember when Voiceless came out in 2022, Funke Akindele reached out to me then. She was like “Where have you been? Such a performance”. She followed me on Instagram, I followed her back. We started chatting. And I kept the relationship. So she said “I have a project, A Tribe Called Judah.” The funny thing about Funke is A Tribe Called Judah has always been in her bucket list. She had written it down, it had always been. Because she told me about this in 2022. She told me “there’s this project and it’s you. It’s you I’m seeing in this project”. She told me and she never said anything again.

I’d already accepted Anikulapo from Kunle [Afolayan], and then she called that she’s shooting in July, and she had meeting with the 5 boys, and she was telling the story. I remember this very well, in front of everybody, she held my shoulder and said “Uzee, this is it for you, this movie is on your shoulder”. She said it three times. So I had no option but to go all out for Funke, because I don’t know what she saw in 5 of us that made her assemble 5 of us.

I accepted Anikulapo first, and then the dates now clashed, and I now told her. I went to meet her in her house and then I told her, “my lover, how are we going to do this? Kunle, everybody knows I respect him a lot. I can’t say no to him. And I need to do this your movie, how we wan do am?” She said she would get back to me that night, I should just go.

That night, around 2am, she called me, I remember it very well. She now said “Uzee, I’m gonna shift this job because of you for one month. Go and shoot Anikulapo and come back.” That is one of the most happiest days for me, trust me. Cuz I know that those are two heavyweights. It’s rare for actors to have that opportunity to be in both jobs. As you can see, it was a slim line for me to lose one. But me understanding them made me not to lose any. Because it’s not easy for a producer, a name like Funke Akindele, to shift her job for one month because of me. That’s the reason why if you noticed December period, all of us went all out for Funke. In short, I shut down my entire calendar for the entire December. I was in Abuja doing meet and greet and all that.

I just want to use this opportunity to appreciate Funke Akindele so much for the opportunity, and the love. I can never repay her.

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