by Stanley Azuakola
Nollywood star, Funke Akindele a.k.a. ‘The Boss Lady’ graced the cover of Y! Magazine, Issue 7, our first edition of 2012. She talked to us on just about everything: work, her fans, Jenifa, and of course, marriage and relationships. We republish (below) excerpt from that interview where she also talked about motherhood. And below that, we’ve put up the video from her wedding last Saturday where she teases the single ladies who come forward to catch her bouquet before sharing it to them all in little pieces.
At the end of the day
Whenever Ms Akindele wraps a movie, she unconsciously takes a bit of that character home with her. As she reveals, only very few friends still call her Funke, everyone else calls her Jenifa, even those who have known her all her life. It also took her a long time to get out of the Omo Ghetto character and Maami definitely left its mark on her.
“I learnt a lot from Maami’s character, that as a mother, you have to give up a lot for your child and Maami was so full of unconditional love for her son,’’ she starts, soon finding her way to a tender spot inside. “Every woman’s dream is to become a mother someday and I am no different. It is something I am looking forward to. I am hoping it happens soon because it is a journey I cannot wait to discover for myself.’’
Which brings us to the rather pedestrian, shamefully invasive, question of her current relationship status. The woman in control recovers her composure and responds with a demure smile, “Yes, I am involved with someone but I cannot reveal his identity,’’ she eventually offers.
Can’t or won’t?
“Won’t,” she responds, unafraid to put her foot down. “He is a quiet person, does not like attention and we want to keep it that way but we are working towards something permanent and when the time comes, you will be one of the people celebrating with us.’’ Y!
Funke Akindele recently got married to her Mr. Right and her fabulous wedding dress was designed my Mai Atafo. She decided to toss her bouquet in a unique way: by sharing it out to the single ladies (and a couple of gentlemen) who were all vying for the bouquet. It was a sweet gesture, meant to share her luck with as many people as she possibly could, and a sincere heartfelt gesture.