A Tribe Called Judah’ reflects problems less-privileged Nigerians face – Peter Obi

The popular film “A Tribe Called Judah,” starring Nollywood actress Funke Akindele, has been characterised by Labour Party candidate Peter Obi as a mirror of the struggles faced by Nigeria’s less fortunate citizens.

Obi stated this in a series of tweets via his verified X handle on Saturday, January 6.

Within three weeks of its release in cinemas, A Tribe Called Judah broke every box office record and became the first Nollywood film to gross N1 billion.

Reacting to this development, Obi noted that the movie’s storyline mirrors “some of the complex challenges faced by many less-privileged families in Nigeria, in their struggles for survival.”

He said: “It is heartwarming to learn that ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ a movie by Nigerian Movie Producer, @funkeakindele, has achieved a record-breaking earning of N1 billion, in just 3 weeks of its release,” adding that the feat was a “historic moment in our Nigerian movie industry.”

Obi claims that throughout the last ten years, Nollywood has continued to be one of Nigeria’s “biggest exports,” a claim supported by the accomplished actress and producer’s work.

He said: “Nollywood remains one of the biggest exports of our country in the last decade and shows the inherent potential in our people which Akindele has copiously brought out in all her works.

“I congratulate Funke Akindele for achieving this feat which is a bold testament to her passion, hard work, and dedication in the movie industry.”

Obi commended Akindele for having two of her previous movies – ‘Battle on Buka Street’ and ’Omo Ghetto,’ sitting as the “second and third highest-grossing films at the Nigerian box office respectively.”

“It skillfully tells a story that appeals to its audience in a comic and entertaining delivery.”

The LP presidential candidate encouraged Nollywood to “continue to tell stories that will inspire hard work, integrity, and productivity among Nigerians.

He said: “This, I believe, will play a significant role in positioning our minds for the productivity-driven nation we are trying to build – The New Nigeria.”

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