The drama surrounding the exit of Juliana Olayode from Funke Akindele’s series ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ is beginning to get messy.
According to TNS, Olayode who plays the famous role ‘Toyo Baby’ in the series, was kicked off after she asked for a raise. Sources close to TNS said that Akindele takes credit for bringing the actress to spotlight, and so was pissed when the actress asked for an increment in her salary.
Akindele, through her production manager and younger sister Abimbola, reportedly pays actors between 3,000 and N150,000 per episode/season, and this arrangement hasn’t worked out well for these actors, because one of them, anonymously, confirmed to TNS that she was unfairly treated after an all-night shoot.
Here’s the message she sent to TNS:
“I got a text message from Sceneone Productions that I had been selected to act on Jenifa’s Diary and I will be part of a party scene. I was so excited that I told my entire family about it. Mind you, it wasn’t my 1st time acting but d feeling of being on Jenifa’s diary was a big deal for me. I was asked to come with 5 different party costumes. Location was Amen Estate, Eleko. After filming with over 30 girls the whole night, Funke came to address us and advice that money shouldn’t be our priorities at this stage; that was when it occurred to me that something awkward was about to happen….just then, the Production Manager, Mr Osmond whispered something to Funke’s sister, Abimbola & she started paying us each 3K. Can u imagine?, 3K for all night shoot!…on Jenifa’s Diary!… I was so mad, some of us had to turn down the money shaa….couldn’t face my mom to explain to her wat happened the next morning.”
Also, the actors who earn ‘better pay’ in the series reportedly are Lota Chukwu, Omotunde Lolo 1, Falz D Bahd Guy and Olayode who were raking in an average of N150,000 per season each. The other stars earn far less.
Falz is also said to have left the show.
Meanwhile, celebrities who made cameo appearances on the show – like Tiwa Savage and Toke Makinwa – were given N300,00 for just the episode.
Neither Funke Akindele nor Juliana Olayode had refuted this report as at press time. And it is worthy to note that the two stars have unfollowed each other on their social media accounts.