Popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello has been slammed on social media for holding a party in her Lagos home during the ongoing lockdown.
She had hosted an in-house party on Saturday to mark the birthday of her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello, better known as JJC Skillz.
Social media enthusiasts said her action became more condemnable given that she is an ambassador of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Federal Government agency coordinating the nation’s response to the coronavirus.
Akindele-Bello had appeared in a recent NCDC video where she urged Nigerians to observe all of the agency’s guidelines so as to stay safe during the crisis.
One of the measures she advocated was “social distancing”, which requires every person to keep a certain distance away from other people to avoid spreading the virus.
Videos of the party circulating on social media showed that this was not observed.
Also, the party allegedly had at least 50 persons, violating lockdown protocols and the Lagos State Government’s directive banning gatherings of more than 20 persons.
In the same vein, two entertainers with a recent history of visiting the United Kingdom, Naira Marley and Eniola Badmus, reportedly attended the party, heightening risks of coronavirus spread.
Many Nigerians who took to Twitter on Sunday vented their annoyance at the actress and her husband and called for their arrest.
So Funke Akindele couldn’t afford to miss one birthday, just one birthday in her lifetime?
An @NCDCgov ambassador who talked about social distancing threw a party where people are exchanging hugs and probably “the virus”
I am embarrassed!
— Dr. Kelechi Okoro #AskDrKel (@healthertainer) April 5, 2020
Pay attention to what people do and not what they say.
A few million naira and a camera and Funke Akindele will say anything you want her to say regardless of whether she believes it or not.
What she did made the work harder for the NCDC she is supposed to be representing
— Aproko Doctor (@aproko_doctor) April 5, 2020
What Funke Akindele did has always been my concern with Nigerian celebrities ambassadorship deals. As an ambassador, you should live, preach & breath the essence of that brand.
Same way some of them get signed as Infinix/Tecno ambassadors but end up flaunting iphones outside.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) April 5, 2020
Nigerians cancelled weddings.
Nigerians cancelled birthdays.
Nigerians cancelled reunions.
Nigerians cancelled burials.
Nigerians even cancelled their church an mosque programmes.
But Funke Akindele threw a houseparty.
I don’t blame her alone.
That party was an AGM of idiots.
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🛂 (@DrOlufunmilayo) April 5, 2020
It’s actually disappointing when we see educated people act like illiterates.
Imagine a NCDC ambassador who is aware of what’s right and still doing the opposite
Even if you don’t care about your own health, what about those that attended the party? Funke Akindele messed up mehn.
— Tife🌚 (@Tife_fabunmi) April 5, 2020
Funke Akindele that was supposed to be an ambassador for NCDC really out there throwing parties and people still came through🤦🏽♂️…Shame!
Nigerians will embarrass you.
— Lamarr ❁ (@Kinglamarr___) April 5, 2020
Even if Funke Akindele and her husband doesn’t care about themselves, they should do it for their Twins. Their Survival depends on their parents using their heads.
I don’t even touch people in my house anymore, talk more of Strangers. Highly disappointing
— DANNY 👑🎠 (@Danny_Walterr) April 5, 2020
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