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Funke Akindele-Bello: From Nollywood To Hollywood

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When Funke Akindele featured in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom; I Need to Know in 1998, one wouldn’t have thought she would be featured in a blockbuster Hollywood movie some years later.

But the Nollywood actress has now been listed among the cast in the upcoming Marvel movie, “Avengers: Infinity War.”

She becomes the first Nollywood actress to ever feature in a star-studded Hollywood movie, which features high profile stars like Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland and Elizabeth Olsen.

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According to IMDb, the movie database website owned by Amazon, Akindele-Bello will play a member of the Black Panther’s guards, the Dora Milaje Wakanda’s all-female Special Forces unit from the Black Panther comics.

Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 4, 2018, in IMAX and 3D. A sequel is planned for May 3, 2019.

Akindele-Bello’s big break came in 2009 from the movie titled Jenifa. In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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Funke, who got married to Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello known as JJC Skillz in London in May 2016, has over a 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer and producer.

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