FUNKE AKINDELE’S SCHOOL GRADUATES 28 …urges youths to go out and conquer

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Star actress, Funke Akindele has urged Nigerian youths to believe in themselves and go out and conquer in their bid to realise their dreams. Akindele made this remark during her address to the first set of graduands of her drama school, Scene One, in Lagos on Thursday.
She commended the graduands’ success which she said must have been achieved through personal sacrifice, perseverance and dedication. The graduation ceremony which took place at the school’s rehearsal ground was attended by the graduands parents, family members and friends, who, she said, like the graduands, would remember the occasion for the rest of their lives. She urged the 28 graduands to spread their wings and use the tools they have sharpened to carve a niche for themselves in the entertainment industry.
“This achievement is one that is seldom managed without the support of those nearest to us and today is a celebration which you’re very much part of, too.” Akindele who was joined at the graduation ceremony by other celebrities including Uche Jombo, JJC, El-dee, Tiwa Savage, Segun Obe, Eniola Bhadmus, Ariyike Akinbobola, Feyikemi Olayinka and Dammy Krane also shared her story of doggedness and steadfastness on her road to fame.
“When I started this journey many years ago, the Nigerian movie industry was unforgiving and difficult to navigate. I learnt first-hand how to use the resources at my disposal to break into the industry… writing scripts deep into the night…. Tolerating rejection…blood… sweat and tears. What all these taught me was success comes with hardwork and guts but more importantly, it taught me you must have the proper tools and attitude”
The consequence, she said, “I took it upon myself to teach aspiring actors, producers, dancers how to develop their talents properly to increase their chances at breakthroughs in their creative careers.
One of the graduands, a degree holder, Adeleke Temitope, shared her experience. “It can best be described as awesome, wonderful experience, quite impactful. I look forward experimenting all I have learnt here and I know myself and my colleagues stand a good chance.”
One of the lecturers and Dance Instructor Mrs. Yeside Dosunmu-Lawal said: “It was like working with people with two left legs, it was tough because most of them lacked root, so I encouraged them to vome back home to know traditional dance. They were made to understand they have to understand traditional to know contemporary. I know they will make it and of course they have started to make it.
The Dance Instructor, Seun Oluwabusuyi added: “It was not funny when we started the class. I really found it interesting that with time they were able to interpret music and compose. My prayer is that they will soar high and get to their destinations.”
One of the major highlights of the graduation ceremony was the presentation of prizes to some outstanding students in major courses- Goke Olalere- Best Student Introduction to Drama, Best Student in Music- Olamide Olowe, Best Student-Traditional Dance-Femi Joseph. Each of them automatically would get a prominent role in Akindele’s next flick, Everybody Loves Jenifa.
The Scene One School of Drama, a sub unit of Jenifa Foundation was established in 2011 with 25 students on admission with a minimum Secondary School Certificate of Education (SSCE) qualification. The school which offers a wide variety of creative courses including Introduction of Drama, Traditional and Contemporary Dance, Music, Etiquette and Manners, was borne out of the need to create a creative platform for the youths to discover, develop and showcase their God-given talent.
Scene One offers a training system that combines solid academic experience with practical hand-on-traini ng hours twice weekly handled by competent and experienced tutors.
The next academic session begins in January 2004.

List of graduands
1.ADELEKE TEMITOPE
2.ADEWALE ADEBAYO
3.AJALA MORIAM
4.AJIDAGBA MOSUNMOLA
5.AKANBI BOLA
6.ADEGBESOLA AYO
7.AYINDE PRECIOUS
8.BELLO HALIMAT
9.DADA OPEYEMI
10.DICKSON EUNICE
11.JOSEPH FEMI
12.LAWANI GLORIA
13.OPALADE OLUSOJI
14.OLURIN ADEGOKE
15.OKPARA CHIOMA
16.OGUNNIYI KHADIJAT
17. OLUKOTUN AKEEM
18.OLOWE OLAMIDE
19.SALAMI BISI
20. SMITH JERRY
21.SHIWOKU JANE
22. SODIYA BUSOLA
23.SHORUNMU TOYIN
24.WILLIAMS REMILEKUN
25.YUSSUF TEMITOPE.
26.OKORIE OLUWAKEMI
27.OBOH ELIZABETH
28.OLALERE OYINDAMOLA

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