After producing about eight Nollywood movies, including the widely acclaimed Jenifa and The Return of Jenifa, Funke Akindele-Bello joins Genevieve Nnaji, Omoni Oboli, and Uche Jombo as actress-cum director.
EbonyLife Films recently announced the production, which is a partnership between Funke Akindele-Bello and the production company.
‘Your Excellency,’ which has been tagged a social-media-driven political comedy, which will see Akindele directing and playing lead role, is scheduled for a December 2019 release.
Your Excellency tells the story of Chief Olalekan Ajadi, a bumbling, billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, who is obsessed with Donald Trump. Just when his campaign looks set to be another disaster, Ajadi is anointed by a major party and becomes a credible contender – all through the power of social media. As the political drama unfolds, it seems possible that even the most inept candidate, with little to offer voters except viral soundbites and amusing antics, can mount a serious challenge for the presidency.
Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, is feeling good about the movie’s prospects. She said:
“EbonyLife Films is really excited to have Funke Akindele at the helm, directing her first feature. Her knack for telling a good story, her comedic instincts and an incredible work ethic make her the perfect choice for this film. Everyone will be able to relate to the characters and the way in which social media is shaping our lives and the country’s future.”
Speaking from the set, the ‘Jenifa’ star said,
“Your Excellency has a great script, excellent cast, and an experienced production team, so I’m looking forward to making the best possible film. It’s great to be working with Aunty Mo again, so soon after the success of Chief Daddy, and hopefully, we can make another hit movie.”
The cast is a star-studded ensemble of well-known Nollywood faces, including (in alphabetical order): Funke Akindele, Lala Akindoju, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Ekun Edewor, Alex Ekubo, Oreka Godis, Osas Ighodaro, Mike Iheuwa, Seyi Law, Akin Lewis, Bimbo Manuel, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Emmanuel OMG, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Helen Paul and Toni Tones.
The movie was written by Yinka Ogun, with Isioma Osaje and James Amuta producing.