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Toyin Abraham’s open letter to Funke Akindele regarding competition, animosity, and rumors.

“Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham recently penned an open letter to her industry counterpart, Funke Akindele, with whom she often competes at the box office every December.

In the letter, Toyin expressed her admiration for Funke’s talent and dedication to the craft, while also acknowledging the healthy competition between them.

She emphasized the importance of unity and collaboration within the industry, rather than rivalry, and expressed her desire to work together in the future for the betterment of Nollywood.”

“Taking to social media, Toyin Abraham addressed Funke Akindele directly, expressing her thoughts openly. In her message, Toyin urged Funke to let go of any feelings of plagiarism or imitation.

She might have emphasized the need for originality and authenticity in their respective works, while also promoting healthy competition and mutual respect within the industry.”

She Wrote;

“If you guys knew the fierce competition to be number one in those days in the Yoruba industry (I don’t know if that still exists though). The fierce competition created camps, enmity, and many professional gossips. The number one cause of fights in the industry then was ‘he said, she said’ before the social media era. Dear Nollywood people, let me chip this in, stop tearing the industry down with your gossips. You have caused lots of damage with ‘he-said, she-said!. Let me go back to my story. In those days of the Yoruba film industry, Funke Akindele was like number one after the likes of Aunty Bukky and Aunty Faithia. I was the next in line.

The competition was much and with many gossips in between, we became competitors and persona non grata. She moved on to the English industry, I became number one before moving on too (A word of advice to young actors of today, no one will be number one forever. It doesn’t mean you fall down the pecking order, it might just be that you move on to bigger things. E rora tele bashubashu. You don’t own the industry, the industry is bigger than you). In the English industry, Aunty Funke and I continued the rivalry sort of. It pitted our fans against each other. We are two competitive Virgo women, we love to win and sometimes in that process, we splash dirt and mud. But with time, age, and more wisdom, I have realized we can compete without being negatively competitive. Aunty Funke, I celebrate you for showing us what is possible. You are a winner. You sold over 1B, you made it possible for other women to dream. You ran us street with that 1B o, this year, many of us will move to 18 and we pray God makes you bigger. Thank you for making great movies and selling them like your life depends on it. You taught other women to hustle harder. I had set records in box office records, Aunty came and beat them, today I am happy because she has challenged me to set higher goals. Sis, let’s compliment each other even in competition at the box office, I owe you one post in December (only 1 o, I need to sell market…Lol). I pray that God will make all your dreams come true. I admire you and wish you all the best.

With Love, T!”



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