Funke Akindele Controversies
In January 2018, there was a controversy when it was reported that Akindele would get her
Hollywood debut in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War as she was listed as a member of the cast on IMDb.Mainstream Nigerian press reported that she was set to star in Infinity War as the guard Dora Milaje, citing IMDb. Some weeks later her name was replaced with that of
fellow Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji, with Akindele’s upload shown to have been a hack.
In February 2018, it was reported that Senate President and Chairman of the National
Assembly, Dr Bukola Saraki has advised Marvel Studios to feature Akindele in Infinity War
In April 2020, Akindele was arrested and arraigned before the Chief magistrate Aje-Afunwa court in Lagos
with a one-count charge of holding a birthday party for her husband
during the lockdown imposed to tackle coronavirus, thereby exposing about twenty others to the risk of transmission., for which she confessed to being guilty of disobeying a lockdown order
imposed by the government.
The actress and her husband were sentenced to 14-day community service, to raise awareness about coronavirus in ten different public places
emphasizing on the need to work with the government on preventive measures, the
consequences of failing to obey simple government orders, and would isolate after that.
She was also an Ambassador to Tetmosol, Nigerian Centre For Disease Control both for COVID-19 awareness,
and of which have contributed to little or nothing to the reduce spreading of the novel virus in
Nigeria. However, both deals were cancelled with immediate effect and Tetmosol appearing on a broadcast that they
they did not have any contract with Funke and would continue to cooperate with the government in the
fight against Coronavirus.