For the new movie, ‘Your Excellency,’ Funke Akindele-Bello will be directing and playing the lead role.

After producing at least 10 Nollywood movies and several TV series, Akindele-Bello joins Genevieve Nnaji, Omoni Oboli, and Uche Jombo as an actress-cum director.

EbonyLife Films recently announced the production, which is a partnership between Funke Akindele-Bello and the production company.

Funke Akindele-Bello makes her debut as a director on the set of 'Your Excellency' [Instagram/Funkejenifaakindele]
Funke Akindele-Bello makes her debut as a director on the set of 'Your Excellency' [Instagram/Funkejenifaakindele]

‘Your Excellency,’ which has been tagged a social-media-driven political comedy, is scheduled for a December 2019 release.

Speaking from the set, the ‘Jenifa’ star said, “Your Excellency has a great script, excellent cast, and an experienced production team, so I’m looking forward to making the best possible film. It’s great to be working with Aunty Mo again, so soon after the success of Chief Daddy, and hopefully, we can make another hit movie.”

A scene from the movie 'Your Excellency' featuring Funke Akindele-Bello and Deyemi Okanlawon. [Instagram/Funkejenifaakindele]
A scene from the movie 'Your Excellency' featuring Funke Akindele-Bello and Deyemi Okanlawon. [Instagram/Funkejenifaakindele]

Funke featured in EbonyLife Films’ 2018 production, ‘Chief Daddy’ playing the role of the younger sister to Kate Henshaw and one of the daughters of Chief Daddy.

Written by Yinka Ogun, with Isioma Osaje and James Amuta producing, ‘Your Excellency’ also features Lala Akindoju, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Ekun Edewor, Alex Ekubo, Oreka Godis, Osas Ighodaro, Mike Iheuwa, Seyi Law, Akin Lewis, Bimbo Manuel, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Emmanuel OMG, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Helen Paul and Toni Tones.

Funke Akindele-Bello is joined by her husband, Abdul Bello on the set of 'Your Excellency'. [Instagram/Funkejenifaakindele]
Funke Akindele-Bello is joined by her husband, Abdul Bello on the set of 'Your Excellency'. [Instagram/Funkejenifaakindele]

Mo Abudu, the movie’s Executive Producer says Funke Akindele-Bello’s knack for telling good stories makes her a perfect choice for the production. “EbonyLife Films is really excited to have Funke Akindele at the helm, directing her first feature. Her knack for telling a good story, her comedic instincts and an incredible work ethic make her the perfect choice for this film. Everyone will be able to relate to the characters and the way in which social media is shaping our lives and the country’s future,” she said.

Synopsis

‘Your Excellency’ tells the story of Chief Olalekan Ajadi, a bumbling, billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, who is obsessed with Donald Trump. Just when his campaign looks set to be another disaster, Ajadi is anointed by a major party and becomes a credible

contender – all through the power of social media. As the political drama unfolds, it seems possible that even the most inept candidate, with little to offer voters except viral soundbites and amusing antics, can mount a serious challenge for the presidency.