Renowned author and former presidential spokesperson, Reno Omokri, recently took to Facebook to clarify his recent statements applauding Nollywood actress Funke Akindele. Addressing reactions and interpretations of his remarks, Omokri asserted that his intention was purely to recognize Akindele’s deserving praise and not to diminish any individual or ethnic group in the process.
Omokri explicitly stated that his acknowledgment of Funke Akindele’s merits was devoid of any ulterior motive or agenda. He emphasized that praising Akindele should not be misconstrued as an attack on other individuals, including Genevieve, or any particular ethnic group. His focus was solely on commending Akindele for her accomplishments within the entertainment industry.
In his clarification, Omokri highlighted his observation regarding the use of culture by the Yoruba community to advance the indigenous creative sector. He pointed out that his comments were inspired by the significant impact individuals of Yoruba origin have had on the Nigerian film industry, with almost 100% of the top ten highest-grossing Nigerian movies attributed to them. Furthermore, he noted that all of Nigeria’s Grammy winners are either fully or partially of Southwest origin.
Hear him: “That I praised Funke Akindele is just that she deserved to be praised. Nothing else. No agenda. Praising her does not mean that I am attacking Genevieve or a particular ethnic group. Yes, I observed that we all have a lot to learn from the Yoruba in the use of culture to develop our indigenous creative industry. Seeing as almost 100% of the top ten highest-grossing movies of Nigerian origin are by people of Yoruba origin, and all Nigeria’s Grammy winners are either fully or partially of Southwest origin.”