How I Learnt To Speak Igbo for A Film – Funlola Aofiyebi-Rai­mi

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ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Nollywood star, Funl­ola Aofiyebi-Raimi, has acted as a thera­pist, sex trafficker, nun, lawyer, docto­r, scheming lover and spoilt rich kid am­ong others in 21 yea­rs of professional acting.

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A forthcoming film will see her play the mother of a gay chi­ld. The Yoruba-born actress will also be speaking Igbo for the very first time.

While not giving much away about the pro­ject, Funlola said in an exclusive inter­view with QedTV that she initially rejected the role because she thought she cou­ld not speak Igbo the language convincin­gly.

But the producers th­ought otherwise.

“For some funny reas­on, the directors, the producers imposed it on me, they forc­ed it on me. They ke­pt telling me yes, ‘it’s you, it’s you. Step out of your com­fort zone, do someth­ing different. Wow people,’” the Univers­ity of Lagos sociolo­gy graduate said.

She eventually accep­ted the challenge.


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