Juliana Olayode, a Nollywood Actress who is best known for her role in Jenifa’s diary as Toyosi aka Toyo Baby, a source has confirmed that she has parted ways with the producer of the popular series, Funke Akindele.
According to TNS sources, Funke Akindele removed Toyo Baby from the series over ‘bad pay’.
The source revealed that Toyo Baby was cut off from the popular TV series for requesting an increment in pay which didn’t go well with Funke Akindele who feels she’s an ingrate being that Olayode rose to stardom through her appearances on the show.
Sources close to SceneOneProductions, producers of Jenifa’s Diary, further revealed to TNS that the producer of the show, Funke Akinkele via her production manager and younger sister Abimbola pays actors between N3,000 and N150,000 (per episode/season of the show) depending on the role.
An actress, who spoke to TNS under the condition of anonymity via text message, narrated how she was paid what she termed ‘peanuts’ by Akindele’s team after being part of an all-night party scene on Jenifa’s Diary.
The source who explained her excitement at finally getting a shot at being on the series only to be disappointed by the meagre pay dished out. She was obviously shocked by the little payment from a supposed top series in the movie industry.
‘Location was Amen Estate, Eleko. After filming with over 30 girls the whole night, Funke came to address us and advice that money shouldn’t be our priorities at this stage; that was when it occurred to me that something awkward was about to happen….just then, the Production Manager, Mr Osmond whispered something to Funke’s sister, Abimbola and she started paying us each 3K. Can u imagine? 3K for all night shoot!…on Jenifa’s Diary!…
‘I was so mad, some of us had to turn down the money shaa….couldn’t face my mom to explain to her what happened the next morning.’
According to TNS findings, actors Lota Chukwu, Omotunde Lolo 1, Falz (who has also left the show) and Olayode are the highest paid actors who take home N150,000 per season. The rest take home much lesser money.
Stars like Tiwa Savage, Toke Makinwa and others who have had cameo appearances on the show reportedly got between N100,000 and N300,000 for ‘showing face’.
You will also note that Juliana was absent at events and parties that held at Funke’s house in Lekki.
Funke and Juliana have also unfollowed each other on their social media accounts.