Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi learnt to speak Igbo for her role in a gay themed film


Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi learnt to speak Igbo for her role in a gay themed film

Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, who plays the mother of a gay child in the yet to be released movie, initially rejected the role due to language constraint.

For her role in an upcoming movie, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi had to under the task of learning Igbo

“For some funny reason, the directors, the producers imposed it on me, they forced it on me. They kept telling me yes, ‘it’s you, it’s you. Step out of your comfort zone, do something different. Wow people,” the actress said during an interview with QedTV.


She latee accepted the challenge and explained how she learnt the Igbo language.

“I engaged the services of a few friends who are very fluent in Igbo language, and then someone in particular who works for an Igbo channel.

He took me through it one by one and I recorded it on my phone. From the pleasantries to the actual dialogue itself, I went through it over and over again,” she added.


According to the actress, it was a difficult scene for her to shoot because she had to deliver a very emotional scene.

“Now having to manage that with the mastery, the understanding, and the conveying of emotions, using a language that I wasn’t too familiar with – So it was double work, but I was able to pull it off.”

The actress who is popular as Brenda on “Tinsel” has acted in quite a number of movies and TV series. Her works include Keeping Faith, Figurine, Doctor’s Quarters, Entreat, and most recently Tats. She didn’t reveal the movie title or release date.


By Dika Ofoma, an intern with

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