COVID-19: Should Funke Akindele be hosting a house party?

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Social media went agog after a post by Funke Akindele’s husband JJC Skillz, where she was seen grooving to Naira Marley’s Song with other guests in attendance who joined her in celebrating her husband at 43. However, fans of the “Jenifa Diary” star were less than thrilled that the mother of two is celebrating her husband by throwing a house party whilst they languish in self-isolation.


For clarity, the world at the moment is faced with a deadly pandemic threatening wipe out humanity. However, precautionary measures are being put in place by the government in nations combating the deadly Coronavirus. Some of the measures include self-isolation and social distancing to curtail the spread of the virus. Also, the world seems to have been put on hold as businesses shut down and health organizations are leading the campaign of hygiene and social distancing.

Our very own Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) led a campaign using influential people and celebrities to ensure that the message is passed to all and sundry. Amongst such celebrities is our dearest Funke Akindele who is also a Dettol ambassador, preaching the gospel of hygiene, self-isolation and social distancing.

A true Marlian that she is, she could not be bothered by the sentimental comments and gbas gbos she received on social media, as she went ahead defending her decision to chop life and guess what, COVID-19 would not even hold her down. For her, hosting a house party in her home in the Lekki area of Lagos is a breath of fresh air after enduring five of the 14days of total lockdown as announced by President Muhammadu Buhari.

I mean, who is not tired of the halt in our daily activities that we have come to accept as our way of life? So, why is it such a big deal that a celebrity, an ambassador and mother hosted a party? The big deal is that she is a caregiver and God forbid one of the guests is infected, this would put every other person including her children at risk. Also, recall that Funke Akindele was at the recently held AMVCA, after which the NCDC admonished all attendees to self-isolate. More disturbing is the fact that she is a brand ambassador!

What this then means is that she is not practicing what she preaches and this would further put the brand she represents in a very precarious position. This is however not the time for a brand like Dettol to be dealing with a crisis as the world it self is in crisis. Not forgetting that the internet never forgets nor forgives, our thought is now being steered again to her children.

Do we get a manual as we begin the journey of parenting? No! Nothing prepares us for that life of being a good and responsible parent. But you see, God has blessed us with the sense of right and wrong, good and bad. It is now left to us to decide what is and what is not. I will tell you what is not.

It is not right as a responsible parent to go against constituted authorities like the government. Hosting a house party with that number of persons as seen in the video is clearly an act of disobedience. So, what type of example are they laying out for their children? I can tell you for free, it is certainly not the right kind. The children deserve better and so does her fans who now look up to her for inspiration and daily motivation. If she chooses to continue on this path, we can only imagine what the end holds for the Funke Akindele brand.

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