A popular actress and filmmaker-cum-politician, Funke Akindele, has said that a new five-part mini-series on the platform of Amazon Prime Video addresses the issue of bullying in the music industry.
Akindele’s SceneOne Entertainment, which she co-owns with her estranged husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, aka JJC Skillz, produced the series.
In an interview with Saturday Beats at the premiere of the series during the week, she noted that the project was done three years ago but could not have come at a better time, considering the controversy surrounding the death of a singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, who often cried out about being bullied before his demise at the age of 27.
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She said, “I will not let the cat out of the bag but the series is all about a character called ‘She’ and how she wants to remains at the top, not minding whoever is hurt or trampled upon.
“She is very condescending and a bully. There are bullies in every sector, as long as there is hierarchy.
“The series dwells on the competition in the entertainment industry, particularly the music industry.
“In the series, viewers get to see competition, drama, fashion and music, all rolled into one.
“We had to showcase what young talents go through. They are very hungry to be seen, and showcase their talents. Unfortunately, they do not study their contracts, and don’t even get lawyers or family members that are experienced to educate them.”
On how entertainers, especially the young ones, can be protected from bullying, she said, “That is why we created content that affects young artistes. When they watch it, I am sure they will be very careful. Young artistes need to be educated. We need to organise a lot of seminars and workshops for them to know that they are important.”
Prime Video also noted that the series offers a window into the lives of three successful music stars, unveiling the cut-throat rivalries and backstabbing activities they engage in, all in an effort to outshine one another and protect their top positions in the industry.
Meanwhile Akindele and JJC Skillz had a reunion of sorts as they exchange pleasantries and even danced together at the premiere. That was the first time the duo was seen together in public, and guests marveled at the cordiality they displayed.
Other actors in the movie include Lateef Adedimeji, Nancy Isime, Akah Anani, Patience Ozokwo, Mike Ezuronye, Waje, Vee Iye, and Rachael Okonkwo.
Some of the guests at the premiere were Femi Adebayo, Iyabo Ojo, Laycon, Sasha, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Jide Awobona, and many others.