Funke Akindele’s ‘Everybody Loves Jenifa’ to hit screen December

Nollywood actor and filmmaker, Funke Akindele is returning to the screens with a new project she titled, ‘Everybody Loves Jenifa’.

A spinoff from the Jenifa franchise, Akindele disclosed that the sitcom will premiere in December.

On her Instagram page the actress wrote, “Been long you saw Jenifa!!!!”

The sitcom, Jenifa’s Diary has been a major Nigerian television show since its debut in 2015. The series centres around the main character played by Akindele, and has featured Folarin “Falz” Falana, Lolo, Juliana Olayode, Lota Chukwu, Paschaline Alex Okoli, and late Aderounmu Adejumoke.

It has also had spin-offs and sequels like Aiyetoro Town (2019), which is set in Jenifa’s village, and Jenifa on Lockdown (2021).

Akindele played Jenifa in the first film in the franchise, Jenifa (2008), a village girl who travelled to the city in pursuit of fortune. Muhydeen S. Ayinde directed the movie.

The movie was nominated for four Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009 including, Best Original Soundtrack, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Nigerian Film. For her performance in this movie, Akindele took home the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.