A Tussle has ensued between Nollywood actresses Funke Akindele and Iyabo Ojo after Iyabo alleged that Funke paid blogs to discredit Toyin Abraham’s new movie, “The Ghost and the Tout Too”.
A film review page, “Cinemapointer” reviewed Toyin Abraham’s “The Ghost and the Tout” and it was given a bad review by the blogger. The review alleged that Toyin Abraham copying Funke Akindele’s style in her movie titled “Omo Ghetto; the Saga.”
“Not Recommended for intelligent people. Over the years we have told you many truths but none greater than this: Intelligent minds were not taken into consideration at all in the writing and in the making of ‘Ghost and the Tout too’. Thusly, intelligent minds will not enjoy it at all.
Regardless of how flagrantly it copycats off ‘Ómó Ghetto: The Saga desperately hoping to shine like it. Unlike that one, “The Ghost and the Tout Too’doesn’t understand that movie making is rooted in brain-work and not in using cinema to do “Yahoo” , abueing stardoms to flee fandoms”, Cinemapointer reviewed.
This review was what prompted Iyabo Ojo to defend Toyin Abraham. Iyabo blasted Funke via the comment section on the film review page. The actress accused Funke Akindele of sponsoring the bad reviews to discredit Toyin Abraham’s movie.
Iyabo also alleged that Funke Akindele paid the page to write bad reviews about the new movie Toyin Abraham released. She also warned her colleague to desist from such actions, reigning curses and insults on the blogger and her colleagues.
Countering Iyabo’s comments and allegations, another commenter said, “Funke Akindele doesn’t need to bribe anyone because of box office, this is a page where movies are being reviewed, why are you pained?or you don’t like correction?why the hell are you even talking for Toyin Abraham did she pay you too? You must really think everything is about hate or bribery. Na review we dey do for here, Abeg shift”.
Also reacting to Iyabo’s allegations, Cinemapointer reposted her comments with a simple caption, “We don’t sell reviews. We tell the truth”.
Funke Akindele’s “Omo Ghetto” was said to have beaten the 2016 film “the wedding party” by Kemi Adetiba after being named as Nollywood’s highest-grossing movie of all time for four years.
The movie “Omo Ghetto,” which was released on December 25, 2020, features Funke Akindele in the dual role of Ayomide and Lefty, Tina Mba, Adebayo Salami aka Oga Bello, Chioma Akpotha, Bimbo Thomas, Eniola Badmus, Deyemi Okanlawon, Zubby Michael, Mercy Aigbe, Timini Egbuson, Alex Ekubo
According to a statement released by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN), the movie “omo ghetto (the saga)” maintained the number one spot for good three weeks upon its release.