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What’s Up With Funke Akindele, Funmilayo Olotu’s Friendship?

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The close friendship hitherto enjoyed by actress cum movie producer, Funke Akindele and Funmi Olotu, the special adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on State Lotteries, may have fizzled out.

The duo now seem to be more focused on the business that pays them. This was made all the more pronounced late last year when Funke premiered her highly anticipated movie, ‘Battle On Bukka Street’. Funmi not only did not congratulate her on the release of the movie in cinemas nationwide and internationally, she also did not appear at the grand movie premiere.

But a week after when another actress cum producer, Toyin Abraham premiered her own movie, ‘Ijakumo’, Funmi in company with her boss, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attended the premiere. This was followed soon after with a private viewing alongside Toyin and a few other friends at the cinema with Funmi hyping the movie to high heavens and encouraging members of the public to watch the movie.

Now here is where it gets interesting. Toyin and Funke have not been on speaking terms for as long as anyone can remember. Toyin and Funmi have also never been acquaintances talk more of being friends. Funke is the one Funmi considers her friend and never ceased to use any opportunity to praise and appreciate her for being her friend. But all of a sudden, Funmi began to gravitate towards Toyin whom she now considers her ‘friend’.

Well Funke seems unperturbed and is focused on breaking her own cinema records with her latest offering and what’s more, she has unfollowed Funmi on social media.

This coldness that has enveloped their once enviable friendship may perhaps not be unconnected to the happenings this political season. Both have pledged allegiance to opposing political parties. While Funmi is loyal to the ruling party, All Progressive Congress, APC and by extension, her boss the governor and the presidential candidate of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Funke on the other hand is loyal to the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

She is not only deputizing for Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran aka Jandor the governorship candidate of the party for Lagos State, she is rooting for an Atiku Abubakar presidency. Besides, Funke uses every opportunity she gets to bash both the APC and the Lagos State government for their ineptitude, something Funmi obviously does not take kindly to.

No doubt, theirs is a study on how not to make friends with people who do not share the same value, views and vision with you.