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Ex-staff accuses Funke Akindele of physical and verbal abuse [video]

Ex-staff calls out Funke Akindele for abuse

A young writer, Cassandra Owolabi, has taken to social media to call out her former employer and renowned actress, Funke Akindele

Cassandra, aka Khassie, claimed that Akindele was physically and verbally abuse abusive to her members of staff. The young lady also alleged that the actress used to talk down on them and how she was never given credit for writing five seasons of Jenifa’s Diaries

Many times, people fawn over celebrities and would do anything to express their love for them. However, things are not always what they seem and fans are oblivious of how things really are because they do not know these stars personally.

Just recently, a young lady took to social media to call out one of the biggest actresses in the Nigerian film industry, Funke Akindele.

The young lady identified as Cassandra Owolabi aka Khassie recounted how she used to work for the actress and the physical and emotional abuse her members of staff allegedly had to endure.

In the video that was shared on social media, Khassie said that Akindele’s staff had to endure physical and emotional abuse as the film star had been known to use degrading words on them.

Khassie also said that she once witnessed the film star slap a member of staff the way a mother would hit her child. She also said that working for Akindele was like enslavement because they were ripped of their fundamental human right such as not having freedom of movement, speech or expression.

According to the lady, Funke acted maliciously because she has so much confidence in her fan base and her fans would never believe she was capable of evil things.

Khassie said that they had to endure so many insults as her staff and that it was disheartening that a figure people look up to can treat others in a dehumanising manner.

The young writer said that if the actress had been a white woman, people would have described her as a modern day slave master.

Watch the video below and let’s hear your thought regarding the allegations…

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A little update: About a month ago, I posted a lengthy video of my experience working with Funke Akindele. But the video was quickly brought down as a bid to shut me up. Naturally as a content creator, my instinct was to make another one right away but I couldn't bring myself to it due to the fact that I touched on a really sensitive topic (depression) and some experiences I passed through while working for her which was like opening old wounds and I needed time to heal from that. I am indeed happy and relieved that I finally got to make another video in which I touched on a few things because truthfully, even if I was given a day I would still not be able to cover all the ills not just me but her staff face daily. The experience has indeed taught me that not all that glitters is gold, literally! Looking back I just wondered how I endured so much when we were deprived of so many things. For instance, we couldn't watch TV (literally, the TV in our lodge was taken away weeks after we resumed) and she mustn't walk in on you watching anything on your laptop (can't tell you how many times she randomly sent people to come check if we were sleeping or doing anything asides writing). I mean, how do you expect your writers to be 100% productive when you don't allow them some leisure time? It didn't take me long to develop bloodshot eyes because there were daysssssssssss when we'd write all through the night, no sleep. We worked under DURESS AND FEAR. It is always about the script, the script is more important than you and your health. P.S – For the few who asked why my character in the YouTube series 'HOUSEHELPS' was replaced, well… Because I chose to leave she asked that I be replaced (no surprises there). #IsurvivedFunkeAkindele #SurvivingFunke #freedom #speakingmytruth

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