What Funke Akindele’s Record Means for Women’s Empowerment

The news of Nigerian actress and filmmaker Funke Akindele’s new film, A Tribe Called Judah, smashing box office records in just three weeks is enough motivation for any woman out there looking to achieve great feats.

I was very impressed when I heard how the film had become the first Nigerian movie to earn one billion naira in domestic theatres.

As a platform concerned with development, the takeaway from this achievement for us is that there is no limit to what a girl child can achieve in the future if she is empowered.

If Funke had not received an education, it would have prevented her from going very far in her career pursuits and ambitions.

When girls obtain an education, they acquire the information and abilities needed to meet the challenges of today’s society.

Investing in the girl child has rewards that extend beyond the present and have a favourable impact on future generations.

Girls who feel empowered are more likely to make investments in their own families and communities when they grow, which has a domino effect and improves the well-being of entire societies.

At the end of the day, empowering African girls is a calculated investment with the ability to change societies and advance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In addition to this, in the words of the Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO), Oluseyi Oyebisi, Funke is a definition of ‘no gree for anybody‘, which is the 2024 slogan coined by young citizens on social media.

Her achievement reminds us that women can still achieve great heights even when they find themselves in a male-dominated industry.

Photo source: Funke Akindele


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