•In The Movie Industry
Healthy rivalry is believed to make anybody desire to work harder in any organization. When you are doing something and nobody is competing with you, it makes you relax and remain stagnant but the moment you realize there are other people striving so hard to achieve much more, it makes such an individual work extra hard and keep setting the pace is high.
This explains what is happening in the movie industry right now between star actresses Toyin Abraham and Funke Akindele. Though they are both not quarreling and believe so much that the sky is big enough to accommodate enough stars, the fact still remains that these two talented actresses are the leading stars in the movie industry.
You can’t mention Top 3 successful and hardworking actresses making waves in both the English and Yoruba movie industry and their names won’t top up the list.
So one can’t be wrong if you say Toyin Abraham is taking the lead in the industry, after Funke Akindele. They both have Grass to Grace journey in the movie industry, with millions of fans all over the world and younger colleagues who look up to them as role models and mentors.
Multiple award-winning actress, Funke Akindele has a strong passion for acting but studied Law on the insistence of her father. After graduation, she pursued her first love, she started acting and got a break from the sitcom I need to know.
She started going for auditions for other movies and also featured in Yoruba movies. She also became well known for her comedy series Jenifa Diary which she created in 2008 and according to her, she made use of funds, she got from endorsement deals to produce her widely celebrated soap opera Jenifa Diary because lots of agencies did not believe in her.
In 2011, sequel The return of Jennifer took Funke’s career to another level and proved, there was no limit to the things she could not do with the Jenifa’s character.it became a huge hit, she took jenifa to the small screen with sitcom jenifa diary and its success was not a surprise. Jenifa diary traveled places that the film itself was not able to go, with the help of pay-TV and Internet, Funke’s popularity soared even as she wasn’t making a regular appearance on the big screen. she also launched two new series: Industreet and Aiyetoro town.
She has loads of endorsement deals with big reputable companies and lots of awards home and abroad. She is one of the most expensive stars in the industry and you can’t see her feature in just any movies, most especially Yoruba movies. she runs scene one productions alongside her husband JJC Skillz, who also directs most of her productions.
Toyin Abraham on the other hand, an actress, producer, and entrepreneur began acting in 2003. She is known for her comic roles in movies, especially with her personal blockbuster movie titled Alakada.
Today, Toyin is one of the biggest brands in the Nigerian movie industry. according to her, starring in the movie, Okafor law and working with movie director, Omoni Oboli was highly instrumental to her brand.
Toyin is not relenting. She has been consistent and making a name for herself in the industry, though she owes the secret of her success to constant self-improvement. She has featured in 90 percent English blockbuster movies in the industry.
Also her self produced movie is rated among the high gross movies at the Box Office making several millions of naira. Toyin emerging the best actress in West Africa in the just concluded Amvca has increased her rating so high in the movie industry.
This hardworking mother of one was about launching her movie Fate of Alakada which featured over 100 top celebrities in the entertainment industry before the Covid19 pandemic.
She also has plans of launching Fate of Alakada series after lockdown with her husband as Director. She is also one of the most expensive actresses in the movie industry, building her empire silently. She is one of the most talked-about stars in Nigeria and loved by many.
She is also a brand ambassador to lots of reputable companies in Nigeria. She is also rumored to replace Funke Akindele as Brand Ambassador for Nigeria Center for Disease Control(NCDC), though that has not been confirmed.