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For a long time, it has been speculated that actors Funke Akindele and Toyin Abraham are not friends since they constantly avoid one other on social media at birthday, wedding anniversary, premiere, and other celebrations, but a recent move by Funke Akindele has sort of proven the rivalry.
The outstanding actresses, who have been feuding and refusing to attend each other’s movie premieres and other gatherings, began their acting careers in the Yoruba film industry and have recently made their mark on the silver screen.
NenyKo reports that Toyin Abraham recently released a sequel to her one movies, The Ghost and The Tout which premiered on the night of September 5, 2021 ahead of its official release date slated for September 10, 2021.
For weeks now, Toyin has been promoting the movie on all her social media platforms with many of her colleagues and fans reposting and sharing on their platforms as well; as a matter of fact, Iyabo Ojo released a music video to also help in creating awareness for the release date, September 10.
“It is about to be a movie, the ghost and the tout part two in cinemas from the 10th of September, anticipate”
Interestingly, Funke Akindele who has completely shunned Toyin’s movie poster has now also fixed the same date, September 10 for the release of her Omo Ghetto the Saga movie on Netflix.
“From the Ghetto to Netflix!!!!! #OmoGhettoTheSaga is coming to @naijaonnetflix this September. Get ready to experience the Saga all over again. #GetReady#September10#OmoGhettoTheSaga” Funke Akindele announced on Instagram.
Many are wondering if this was done on purpose to chastise Toyin Abraham for pitching tent with Iyabo Ojo, with whom she is also not friends, and for taking over her position as the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) ambassador, NDDC ambassador in 2020 after Funke Akindele was fired for flouting Federal Government social distancing directives.
Toyin Abraham, who replaced Funke Akindele, explained her position, saying, “It has just been brought to my attention that blogs are suggesting that I am now NCDC ambassador.” Inferring that I was used to replace a colleague. That line of thought necessitate I put this out there. I am not an ambassador to NCDC. I do not like the narrative that I am trying to take advantage of a bad situation. I support the campaign against Covid-19, I appeared on a video campaign against the pandemic but please let’s not drag another person down”
Funke Akindele however chose to keep mum.
Following the clash in the release date, fans of both actresses are now torn between visiting the cinema to watch The Ghost and The Tout, or staying glued to NETFLIX for Omo Ghetto The Saga on the 10th of September, 2021.
Funke Akindele-Bello and Toyin Abraham of Nollywood were the two producers with the highest-grossing films in 2020.
Mrs. Akindele-‘Omo Bello’s Ghetto: The Saga’ and Mrs. Abraham’s ‘Fate of Alakada’ both grossed over N100 million in theatres after the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria revealed the top ten grossing films in Nigeria in 2020.
While ‘Omo Ghetto: The Saga,’ which was released on December 25, 2020, grossed over N187 million, ‘Fate of Alakada,’ which was released on October 1, 2020, grossed over N113 million.
Speaking on the achievement, Akindele-Bello noted, “Number 1! It’s by God’s grace! Omo Ghetto: The Saga Movie is a great film, so if you’ve not seen it, it’s time to go watch it.”
On her part, Abraham said, “I’m so happy to return to this great news after a long flight. OMG! Fate of Alakada ranked 3rd on the list of highest-grossing movies of 2020 with all these top Hollywood films on the list. I just want to say a very big thank you to God whom all praise is due, my team, my ever loyal fans, Toyintitans, and to everybody who made this happen by going to the cinemas tirelessly! ?sé mo dúp?´ ó! I love you guys much! God bless you all, 2021, let’s do more!”
Funke Akindele and Toyin Abraham remain a prime example of Nollywood ingenuity.