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What’s the Story on Funke Akindele Bello, Genevieve Nnaji & “Avengers: Infinity War”?



3 Theories on Funke Akindele-Bello and Avengers: Infinity War - BellaNaija

Funke Akindele-Bello

News filtered last week that Nollywood actress Funke Akindele-Bello was cast in Hollywood movie “Avengers: Infinity War.

She was cast as one of the members of the Black Panther’s all-female guard, the Dora Milaje, the IMDb cast list revealed.

Of course, Nigerians went wild. It was Nigeria to the world. Nigerians blowing up.

But the excitement was quickly smothered. It was learned that her name has been removed from the cast list.

A quick search through the IMDb list revealed that, truly, her name was longer on the list.

There are a few theories circulating on the internet:

  1. That she really was cast in the movie, but was let go.
  2. That her scene in the movie was removed, didn’t make the final cut.
  3. That a random person accessed the IMDb page of the movie and added the Nigerian actress, just to excite Nigerians.

Theory 3 is looking the likeliest for a few reasons: IMDb pages, like wikipedia, can be accessed and edited by anyone with an account.

And replacing Akindele on the list is now fellow Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji.

So, BNers, what do you think happened? Share your thoughts.


  1. Mrs chidukane

    January 15, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I take exception to the line,’Nigerians went wild. It was Nigeria to the world.’ People were happy for her, that’s it. She wouldn’t have been the first Nigerian to blow internationally. There are several Nigerians ‘blowing’ . However,I don’t know why she didn’t release a statement confirming or denying her role in the movie. One can be cut from a movie at any time, especially if you have a small role. I don’t know what her situation is though.

  2. Danjay

    January 15, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Lol! The unknown happened

  3. Michael Salako

    January 15, 2018 at 11:23 am

    My take is that a very witty Naija Kid is smiling at all the excitement he has inflicted on us via social media. Funke does not need to confirm or not, she is enjoying the fame

  4. Itodo

    January 15, 2018 at 11:54 am

    We can only wait for the movie to be released, and get to see which is what.

  5. Ese

    January 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Her English is very poor and she can only act low level commedy films with aki and pawpaw and Mr Ibu. Her profile doesnt match the movie.

    • Asa

      January 15, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Her English is faaaaar from poor. That girl was acting “I need to know” in very good English in the early years of HIV advocacy. No dey talk wetin you no know abeg! I have listened to her at a Nollywood series organized by Pan Atlantic University too. No dey take Jenifa judge rubbish abeg.

    • Jen

      January 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      You’re chatting so much s—.. don’t spew rubbish of what you don’t know.. FYI her English is very good.. don’t let her comedy show fool you.

    • abiodun

      January 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      really, She has a good command of English, don’t use her character in Jenifa’s diary to judge her, She is an excellent actress, I am really proud of her and her achievement.

    • Uspeaknoenglish

      January 15, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      She speaks way better English than u

    • May

      January 15, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Is like you don’t know Funke Akindele, it’s Jenifa you know. Please educate yourself next time before you comment on things. Same way some pple are saying Falz can’t speak good English… Na wa for una.

    • Shalewa

      January 16, 2018 at 12:36 am

      You cannot even spell comedy correctly. In addition, you neither know where to use capital letters nor punctuation marks. Yet you open your mouth to sat her “Inglixs ees puuo” I imagine you watch too much of Jenifa and your level of functioning does not allow you to get entertained while your English is untainted.. Pele o judjiana

    • NR

      January 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      If you truly believe this then that goes to show how impressive of an actress Funke is.

    • Jay

      January 22, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      Lol, I watched her several times on “I need to know”…her spoken English is very fluent, definitely at par with any Hollywood actor!

  6. Ese

    January 15, 2018 at 12:17 pm


    • Shalewa

      January 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      He he he @Ese, congrats, you finally got the spelling of comedy correct

  7. lwkmd

    January 15, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    lwkmd! none of are in the film obviously. and this isn’t their fans at work it’s them. they are both thirsty for international fame forget their pretending that they are content with nollywood. no news here bn, except thirsty genevieve got jealous of the attention funke was getting, maybe removed funke’s name then added hers which will soon be removed. genevieve hope jealousy wont sha kill you, thats how you unfollowed funke on instagram cos she grew more followers than you, and unfollowed banky cos he was getting married to adesua. when the boy ask you out you no gre, him marry e come de pepper you. na wa to you genevieve

    • Nedu

      January 15, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Are you that stupid? Genevieve has featured in Hollywood movies,so why would she stoop that low

    • Cocolette

      January 15, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Are you feeling okay at all?

    • Temi

      January 15, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      @nedu Which Hollywood movie?

  8. Ben

    January 15, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    You are obviously the biggest fool that ever liveth, how can u say Genevieve went to change her name, Funke and Genevieve are very good friends what’s your headache……. And with the Banky issue that was lame, she can choose to accept anyone she feels and unfollow anyone at any time

  9. Hawtchic

    January 15, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    @ Ese, you need to grow up, grow civilized and get exposed. Do you mean to tell me that when a person acts a comedy, then the person automatically can’t speak good English? I actually think you’re a teenager or adolescent who wasn’t old enough to watch ‘I need to know’ when it aired, or you simply need more exposure. Take your pick. The same for those who liked your comment.

  10. debs

    January 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Ese must be mistaking good English for forced British or American accent.

  11. Bolaji

    January 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Sooooooooooooooooooooo she does not have lines.

  12. Felinda

    January 15, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    You people know that any idiot can edit imdb
    Genny will never take this type of role no matter how much she is paid
    Funke NEVER confirmed anything ever and you people were going crazy now you are sayng Genny has been casted.

    Unless Genny confirms on her IG page everything i am readng is absolutely bullshit and hogwash

  13. Teez

    January 15, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    All of you stop stressing it – Have you forgottrn so soon that she is pregnant and may be away for delivery when the movie might start? lol. epp us na

  14. Hmm

    January 15, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Funke and Genny’s names were never on the list, someone is messing about on IMDB page. check out Avengers: Infinity War wiki

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