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Funke Akindele Finally Reacts to ‘Marriage Reports’ with JJC


Funke Akindele and JJC

Funke Akindele and JJC

Few weeks ago, we brought you reports on how singer, JJC Skillz popped a marriage proposal question to comic award winning actress, Funke Akindele.

In a recent interview with The Punch Newspaper, the actress popularly known as known as Jenifa reacted to the engagement news.

Excerpts:

News made the rounds some weeks back that you were planning to remarry. Would the wedding bells ring again soon?

I really don’t like discussing my private life anymore because it is better to keep that part of your life secret. A lot of people are watching and sometimes you read a lot of negative comments about you which could make you want to derail, so it is better to keep matters of the heart close to the heart. I am the one in it and I know what is good for me. I am sorry; I don’t want to talk about anything that has to do with my private life.

She also spoke about her relationship with her fans:

Some people believe that you are arrogant and proud. Are you that kind of person?

I am not arrogant but sometimes I might not be in the mood for some things. A publisher of a magazine called me recently and told me that his people said they saw me at AMVCA and that I refused to grant them an interview. I explained to him that when I asked the reporter what the interview was about, she said it was about me. I didn’t want to answer some (personal) questions, so that was why I said that I was not answering any question that did not have to do with the event. I am not an arrogant person. I am very approachable and polite. I can be cranky sometimes but trust me; I would always fake a smile.

What ticks you off?

Some fans would look at me and say, ‘can’t you greet?’ and most times, I am older than such people. They would not say ‘hi’ to me but they expect that I should always wear a smile and wave at everybody. When I see elderly people, I always greet them first; that is the way I am raised.

I remember when I was in Atlanta and we were on our way to Jamaica with AY. We were in the Tube going to another side of the airport when I saw a Nigerian woman standing. I stood up and offered her my seat and she was shocked that I could do such a thing, especially as we were in the US. I appreciate my fans and there is never a dull moment when we are together. I smile and greet all my fans, but I may not take pictures all the time, especially when I’m not wearing make-up, when I’m tying a scarf or when I’m without my sunglasses. I don’t take such pictures because when they get posted online, some people would start adding their silly comments.

How do you react to such comments?

Sometimes, I check some comments on my Instagram page, greet some fans and reply others. I appreciate some people and follow them back and this makes them feel loved. You can imagine if Beyonce answers me on Instagram, I am not going to sleep that day.

Someone was complaining about how a Nigerian celebrity was wearing a wide smile on her face when she took a picture with Ciara. I said that if I had the opportunity to meet Ciara, I would be smiling like a little girl. The way Ciara took pictures with little children made me cry at home as I watched it. I called Darey and I began praying for him because he brought a beautiful soul to Nigeria. That little gesture from Ciara would change lives and I have learnt from it. Everything is not about money. You could go to some rural areas just to put a smile on the faces of these kids.

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