Lockdown: Funke Akindele reveals why she hosted party with Naira Marley, Eniola Badmus, others

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A photo from the party

Under-fire actress, Funke Akindele-Bello has told those criticising her for hosting a party during the ongoing lockdown to stop spreading negativity.

An ambassador of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Akindele-Bello hosted the party on Saturday in Lagos to mark the birthday of her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello, better known as JJC Skillz.

The party was attended by many popular faces, including recent UK returnees Naira Marley and Eniola Badmus.

Angry Nigerians on Sunday overwhelmingly called for relevant authorities to arrest the couple for violating lockdown protocols and the Lagos State Government’s directive banning gatherings of more than 20 persons.

They also called on the NCDC, the Federal Government agency coordinating the nation’s response to coronavirus, to cancel any contractual ambassadorial agreement with the actress, saying she had given the agency a bad name with her action.

A social media user, youngfortguru wrote: “Losing this contract by @funkeakindele in my opinion would not be seen as witch hunt but simply stupidity.”

However, the actress responded to the comment, saying that the user was merely trying to create unnecessary drama.

She explained that some of the attendees were to feature in one of her film projects and therefore had been camped in the Estate before the party.

“Uncle don’t create unnecessary sensation. #omoghettothesaga was to be filmed Before the lockdown and some of us had been camped in Amen estate.

“So we had to stay in there. So we are safe and happy!!! Let’s not be NEGATIVE!!” she wrote.

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist who has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He's an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming.
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