Funke Akindele Makes History As the First Nigerian Filmmaker to Gross 1bn at Box Office
Written by Olakunle Oke on January 18, 2024
Filmmaker and superstar actress, Funke Akindele marks history as her Nollywood movie hits the 1 billion mark at the Nigerian Box Office, becoming the first movie to achieve this feat! By becoming the first movie to gross 1 Billion Naira, it becomes the highest-grossing Nollywood movie of all time.
This prodigious feat places Funke Akindele as the highest-grossing Nollywood director of all time.
Released on December 15, 2023 ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ is a comedic drama tale about a mother and her five sons hit by financial hardship with a plan to rob a mall, but is overturned by armed robbers on getting inside the mall.
The Nollywood movie produced and co-directed by Funke Akindele herself and Adeoluwa Owu, features film stars including Funke Akindele, Timini Egbuson, Nse Ikpe Etim, Fathia Balogun, Jide Kene Achufusi, Uzee Usman, Tobi Makinde, Yvonne Jegede, Genoveva Umeh, Olumide Oworu, Juliana Olayode, Uzor Arukwe, and a host of others.
The widely acclaimed success of this movie is a tremendous achievement to Funke Akindele’s array of feats in the film industry. Funke holds the crown for the three highest-grossing movies including “Battle on Buka Street” and “Omo Ghetto: The Saga” with over 600 million naira at the box office.
While “A Tribe Called Judah” has received massive acceptance and has been lauded for its captivating storytelling and performances which portray love, family, and resilience, Funke’s marketing budget no doubt was a huge catalyst in promoting the movie all over the nation. This record-breaking feat is a testament to Funke’s ingenious talent and unyielding spirit.
Source: Jordan 105fm news Bulletin