Funke Akindele credits D’banj for inspiring her brand

Renowned actress and filmmaker, Funke Akindele has revealed that veteran singer, D’banj played a significant role in encouraging her to continue the popular Jenifa brand.


Speaking at D’banj’s 20th-anniversary celebration in the entertainment industry on Friday, June 7, 2024, Akindele shared how their chance meeting at a club led to D’banj’s support and guidance.


D’banj’s enthusiasm for the Jenifa brand and his advice to milk its potential inspired Akindele to create more sequels, including The Return of Jenifa. He even gifted her money to support the project. Akindele expressed her gratitude, hailing D’banj as a movement and a legacy that will endure.


In her words, “After the big break with Jenifa, everybody loved Jenifa so much, I was out there and everyone was celebrating me so much. I was invited to a club where I met Dbanj for the first time and he gave me his number and inquired if there is a sequence to Jenifa, I told him No and he questioned why as he noted how Jenifa is a brand I can feast on for the rest of my life.“


She continued, “He told me that when I have a brand, you feed on the brand, you milk the brand very well and make money out of it. Out of his pocket, he gave me money and said I should go write another Jenifa and he supports me with the money”.


“Dbanj you’re more than just a musician, you’re a movement! Your music has brought joy to our hearts, and your legacy will live on forever,” She added.


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