Funke Akindele, has threatened to sue Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji.
Ms. Akindele has asked Ms. Ikeji to retract and apologise within 24 hours for a post on Ms. Ikeji’s blog published
on January 25, titled, Did Funke Akindele shade Toyin Aimakhu last night?
In the post, Ms. Ikeji suggested that an Instagram picture on Ms. Akindele’s page was intended as a slight on fellow actress, Ms. Aimakhu, who was recently rumoured to have separated from her husband, Adeniyi Johnson.
According to Ms. Ikeji, the two actresses had previously fallen out and Ms. Aimakhu had “shaded” Ms. Akindele over the latter’s 2014 divorce.
Ms Akindele, through her management, said thanks to Ms. Ikeji’s blog post, she was exposed to “cynical comments and hasty judgements”.
“(The post has portrayed) Funke Akindele’s brand in bad light,” her management said. “It has promoted unhealthy rivalry where there is none.”
Ms. Akindele’s lawyer, in a seven paragraph letter made available to Premium Times said the post was “borne out of pure malice for our client who has carved an inch (sic) for herself in the entertainment industry whilst also inciting hatred between our client and Toyin Aimakhu on one hand and our client and her fans on the other hand.”
Ms. Ikeji was subsequently advised to remove the post, offer a retraction and make available a link to Ms. Akindeke’s team.
Ms. Ikeji could not be reached to comment for this story. Calls to the number listed on her website were unanswered.