Nollywood actor and filmmaker Yul Edochie has hailed his colleague Funke Akindele as a “warrior’’ for running for the office of Deputy Governor of Lagos State in the just concluded 2023 general elections.
Yul made the post as part of a reaction to Akindele deleting every post relating to her campaign on Instagram after Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC was announced winner of the March 18, 2023, gubernatorial polls.
“To my dear colleague, @funkejenifaakindele. I want to congratulate you for the bold political step you took, running for Deputy Governor of Lagos State. You did great. I noticed you deleted all your campaign pictures from your Instagram page. Of course, I can’t sit in my house and know your reason for doing so, neither is it my business. But as a concerned colleague and friend I want to encourage you and through you encourage others out there. A warrior is always proud of his or her battle scars. The scars are proof that he or she went to battle and came back alive. You’re a warrior.”
He also advised the “Jenifa’s Diary” actor to not mind mockers and be proud of what she has achieved:
“Your campaign pictures are part of your battle scars. Wear them proudly. Those pictures deserve to remain on your page forever. It’s a historical moment for you. A rare privilege. No matter what anybody says to you. Don’t be discouraged by those who are laughing at you for not winning. Na childish brain dey worry dem. Cowards will always laugh at the brave ones. That’s the only way they console themselves for being cowards. When they grow up they’ll laugh at themselves for not having the courage to try what you did.”
Continuing, Yul insisted that there are “no failures in life as long as you never give up. It’s either you win or you learn. The person who fails is that person who has not tried at all. Out of the millions of Lagosians you were picked to be Deputy Governorship candidate. It’s a human and spiritual honor to be given the opportunity to serve the people. It marks the beginning of your political journey. Never give up.’’
Yul also described his experience running for governor of Anambra State:
“In 2017 I ran for Governor of my state, from start to finish and it’s one of the best things I’ve done in my life. One of my proudest moments. I learnt a lot. My campaign pictures are still on my page, my battle scars. I wear those scars proudly. And I’ll never give up. One day I’ll be the President of Nigeria.”
He also expressed belief in Funke Akindele’s ability to achieve her political dreams:
“Funke, you will sit in your office someday as Deputy Governor or Governor or President and look at your first campaign pictures and you’ll have tears of joy in your eyes. You will be proud of your journey. Never give up. I wish you the very best. May God lead you always. Cheers.”