Nollywood’s Funke Akindele celebrates Global Success of Jenifa’s Diary with Red Carpet & Q&A event in London
London, 2 June 2016. To celebrate the global success of hit comedy series ‘Jenifa’s Diary’, beloved Nollywood actress Funke Akindele is coming to London to spend an evening with her UK fans. iROKO and Lebara Play will be screening episodes from Jenifa’s Diary Season 4, as part of an exclusive red carpet event at London’s Greenwich Odeon on Friday 10th June 2016. Jenifa’s Diary is now showing on iROKO World, part of Lebara Play’s Nollywood TV & Movies Pack, which is available at play.lebara.com.
The follow-up TV series to Nollywood blockbuster movies, ‘Jenifa’ (2008) and ‘Return of Jenifa’ (2012), sees Akindele reprise her role as the eponymous comic village hairdresser. The show follows Jenifa as she cons her way back to the city to give university life another go, whilst jotting down her experience in her trusty diary.
In addition to honouring Funke Akindele’s tremendous work towards the meteoric growth of the Nigerian entertainment industry, fans will have the chance to get up close and personal with the award-winning actress, with an exclusive Q&A session conducted by DJ Abass, where they will discuss Nollywood, the changing role of women in the business and many other aspects of African entertainment.
Hosted by iROKO and global media entertainment brand Lebara Play, episodes 1 and 2 of Season 4 of Jenifa’s Diary will be screened on Friday 10 June, 2016 at Odeon IMAX Cinema Greenwich, Bugsby Way, London SE10 0QJ. Starting from 9pm, fans will enjoy a rare opportunity to see the acclaimed actress and producer in person as well as watch the hilarious Jenifa’s Diary, followed by hearing her unique insights and anecdotes in an exclusive interview by DJ Abass. Tickets are currently on sale.
Miss Akindele is the Global Brand Ambassador for iROKO, the home of Nollywood.
Justine Powell, Chief Commercial Officer of iROKO comments: “We are bringing the incredible and super-talented star that is Funke Akindele to London, to celebrate her pivotal role as one of Nollywood’s leading ladies. We are fiercely proud of our association with Funke, and the fine work she has done in building Nollywood’s global profile and reputation with extraordinary characters, none more so than Jenifa”.
Aditya Thakur, CEO of Lebara Play, said: “We pride ourselves in helping to bring entertainment and events to Nollywood fans. Working with partners like iROKO enables us to bring popular shows and stars even closer to those who enjoy them the most. Lebara would like to thank Funke for her time and we wish everyone wonderful time at the red carpet event.”
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Funke Akindele will also be out and about in London all week, hosting a number of Nollywood themed events please check iROKO and Lebara Play’s social media pages for updates.
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