The internet was almost set ablaze on the 6th of September, 2021, after Kemi Filani News wrote an article on how rumored Nigerian celebrity enemies, Funke Akindele and Toyin Abraham planned on releasing their movies same date.
Funke Akindele kind of confirmed the rumored rivalry after she picked September 10th as the Netflix release date of her record breaking movie, Omo Ghetto: The Saga.
Kemi Filani News recalls that both actresses and producers usually shun each other on social media during birthday, wedding anniversary, premiere and other celebrations.
The outstanding actresses, who have been feuding and refusing to attend each other’s movie premieres and other events, began their acting careers in the Yoruba film industry and have made their mark on the silver screen in recent years. When it comes to interpreting movie scripts to the letter, they are arguably no pushovers.
Coming after Toyin Abraham recently released a sequel to her one movie, The Ghost and The Tout which premiered on the night of September 5, 2021 ahead of its official release date slated for September 10, 2021., Funke Akindele also announced the release of her Omo Ghetto: The Saga movie on Netflix for same 10th, September.
This move angered Toyin Abraham’s fans who believed Funke Akindele did it on purpose to reduce the ratings and sales of Toyin Abraham’s “The Ghost and the Tout“.
To make matters worse, popular Instagram acclaimed movie reviewer, Cinema Pointer, rubbished Toyin’s movie and in same post, advised her followers to sit at home and watch Funke’s movie via Netflix instead. The post generated a ot of reactions and backlash from Nigerian celebrities and fans. Iyabo Ojo publicly accused Funke of Paying the blogger to pull down Toyin.
With the continuous reviews posted on social media by Toyin Abraham, the question on everyone’s lips is, “Can Toyin Abraham beat Funke’s box office record?”
Kemi Filani News notes that as of 26 January 2021, Funke Akindele’s Omo Ghetto: The Saga grossed ₦468 million at the box office. It surpassed the record of 2016 film, The Wedding Party to become the highest ever grossing film in the Nigerian film industry.
With the first part making barely around 100 million naira, can Toyin’s star studded “The Ghost and the Tout too” beat Funke Akindele’s Omo Ghetto: The saga off the Nigerian box office chart?