We don’t have to compete negatively – Toyin Abraham asks Funke Akindele for reconciliation

Famous Nigerian actress and filmmaker, Toyin Abraham has called for a truce between herself and colleague, Funke Akindele.

She sent a reconciliatory message to Funke Akindele, emphasising the need for them to end their bitter rivalry as the two biggest competitors in the Nigerian box office.

We don’t have to compete negatively - Toyin Abraham tells Funke Akindele

In a lengthy post on her official Instagram page on Sunday, Abraham noted that they became “competitors and persona non grata” due to gossips.

She recalled their rivalry starting in the Yoruba movie industry and how they carried it over to the Nigerian-English cinema when they crossovered to Nollywood.

The movie star added that age and wisdom have made her realise that they can compete without it being negative.

We don’t have to compete negatively - Toyin Abraham tells Funke Akindele

Toyin Abraham 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 much professional gossip. 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 gossip. 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, @funkejenifaakindele was number one after the likes of Aunty Bukky and Aunty Faithia. I was the next in line. The competition was much and with much gossip 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 can use street with that 1B o, this year, many of us will move to 1B 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, and Aunty came and beat them, today I am happy because she has challenged me to set higher goals. Sis, let’s complement 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.”

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