Hello guys, been a while you heard from me right? Yeah, I know, hopefully, it won’t be the last. Hehehe. We are in interesting times and a lot of us are trying to cope and get by as best we can.
It’s no news that the world is experiencing a global pandemic, COVID-19 took us by storm and there’s a lot of discourse going on about how it all started and why. But that’s gist for another day. I want to talk about the Funke Akindele house party issue.
Kindly bear in mind that whatever I say here is my opinion and I have a right to it as indeed everyone that has come on social media to air theirs as well. First of all, I’ll like to state that there’s nothing wrong in hosting a family party at this time of social distancing if it’s within your immediate family and everyone is in perfectly healthy.
Funke hosted a birthday party for her husband JJC Skillz and they invited a few family friends to celebrate with them. Fine! It was a very lively one from the video posted by JJC. The issue here is that he posted the video (which I think was not very smart of him), and that got everyone talking. We are supposed to be observing social distancing to help curb the spread of the dreaded coronavirus and here someone is blatantly flouting the directive by the Lagos State Government that’s meant to keep us safe, and worse, he’s brazenly flaunting it for all to see. That’s just dumb if you ask me. I bet there are a lot of people that are not observing the stay at home order or practicing social distancing in many parts of the country every day but you don’t see them uploading videos of it on social media deliberately. Doesn’t make it right though.
Another thing that angered many was the video put out by JJC after the backlash by Nigerians, he acted unbothered about the utter lack of respect for the directive and endangering not only himself and his family but others that were present at the soiree. It would’ve been better if he’d have kept quiet and allow his wife to do the talking, it seems she’s better at it. I must commend Funke and her PR team for the video she released immediately to explain in detail what really transpired.
Funke’s explanation made so much sense that it’ll be plain wicked for anyone to still want to crucify her, and she gave reasons why we saw Naira Marley and some other people in attendance. She was calm, apologetic and full of remorse. Now that’s what we needed, everyone who has seen the video admitted she did wrong but they also commended her for setting the record straight.
I heard some people saying she shouldn’t have been arrested by the police since she had tendered an apology. The truth is, in the eyes of the law, ignorance is not an excuse. The authorities did exactly what it should do without recourse to Funke and JJC’s social status and that’s how systems work. She should be made to face the law for breaking it despite being remorseful, it will now be left to the court to temper justice with mercy. And in this case, they (Funke and JJC) were sentenced to 14 days of community service and also fined N100, 000. The sentence was passed on Monday, 6th of April at the Samuel Ilori Courthouse of the Magistrate Court in Ogba. This will serve as a deterrent to others as well as show that no one is above the law.
What about others that were at the party, they too will face the law and the appropriate punishment meted out. That’s just the way it should be.
Celebrities should act as role models that they are, they should be at the forefront encouraging their followers to stay safe and follow the rules so the spread of COVID-19 will be contained. Funke didn’t practice what she preached. Being a Dettol Ambassador and with the current campaign spearheaded by her for all to practice safe hygiene in these times, she should’ve known better. But alas, she suffered a lapse in judgment and she’s paying for it. Let’s not forget one thing, despite the celebrity status, despite the affluence, she and her husband are only humans and every human must be held accountable for their actions.
- Ose is a cartoon enthusiast sugar junkie. He loves to travel, make new friends and he never gets tired of spaghetti and plantain.