The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, congratulated Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Funke Akindele, on the success of her latest movie, “A Tribe Called Judah”.
The movie broke a box office record within 21 days of its release in cinemas to become the first Nollywood film to gross N1bn.
In a post on his X handle on Saturday, the governor wrote, “I extend my hearty congratulations to #funkeakindele for the phenomenal success of ‘A Tribe Called Judah.’
“This film has not only shattered box office records by becoming the first Nigerian movie to earn 1 billion naira in domestic theatres, but it also stands as a story of growth, the spirit of Nollywood and Nigeria.”
Sanwo-Olu added that the success also highlights the significant role women play in the film industry, and celebrated the cast for their efforts.
He wrote, “As a female-led initiative, it also showcases the power and influence women wield in the film industry, inspiring countless others to aim for greatness.
“A big well done to the cast: Timini Egbuson, Jide Kene Achufusi, Uzee Usman, Tobi Makinde, Olumide Oworu, Genoveva Umeh, Nse Ikpe Etim, Juliana Olayode, Uzor Arukwe, Fathia Balogun, Yvonne Jegede and many others as well as the outstanding crew.
“Celebrating the magic of Lagos’ creative industry, we also celebrate Toyin Abraham, Mercy Aigbe-Adeoti, and all the passionate minds behind captivating movies like ‘Malaika,’ and ‘Ada, Omo Daddy.’ Your artistry is diversifying our economy and inspiring greatness.”
Recall that President Bola Tinubu, on Friday, while congratulating Funke Akindele on her record-setting film, commended her for her contributions to the growth of the industry, and celebrated the creativity and talents of the Nigeria’s entertainment industry.
The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, while lauding the actress, also noted that the movie reflected some of the complex challenges faced by many less-privileged families in Nigeria.