Funke Akindele, a Nollywood actress, has explained the reason behind her decision to not pursue a career in law despite having studied it in university.
In an interview with BBC Yorùbá, the filmmaker shared that she enrolled in the University of Lagos (UNILAG) to study law in order to fulfill her late father’s wishes.
Despite her deep love and talent for acting, singing, and dancing, her father had always expressed a desire for her to become a lawyer.
With the intention of honoring her father’s desire, Funke Akindele completed her law degree but ultimately returned to her true passion for performing.
The actress said she “never regretted studying law because it reflected in my works”.
“Truly I studied law at the University of Lagos. My father wanted me to be a lawyer. When he was alive he was always saying ‘You will become a lawyer’. I just wanted to act on stage. I wanted to sing and dance,” she said.
“I would say okay, let me study this law and give it to you. When I study this law I will go back to my acting.
“I never regretted studying law because it reflected in my works. Because I love criminal law so much. I like a law where someone errs against the law and is sentenced. All the investigations.
“If you notice, you will see that I usually add up what I have studied in my work. Law and my work can be hand in hand. And I never regretted studying law. But I have not been practicing law.
“Nowadays I have been thinking about it. I can do it.”