“Funke”, a Nigerian movie starring Jide Kosoko, Segun Arinze, Eniola Badmus, Kunle Idowu (Frank Donga), Miracle Iyanda and a host of others, is set to premiere on September 7, 2018.
Set in Ibadan, Nigeria, in the late 90’s – early 2000’s and inspired by African athletes, the story revolves around a teenage Nigerian girl who is in love with the round leather game, football, and hopes to play for the nation someday.
Following Funke’s life and people who are close to her, the movie shows her struggles in achieving success in a sport often dominated by boys, and in fact considered men’s game. The story focuses on the hard choices and decisions she makes as a woman, in her attempts to achieve her dream.
The film dwells on the often tenuous issues of family dynamics, puppy love and the game of football and what it means to be a footballer in our society.
Written by Deborah Bazariah and co-directed by Yemi Morafa and Friday Nwagwu, it was produced by Jerusalem D’Zuamo and executive produced by Aditya Rao and Chidinma Awa Agwu.