Actress Juliana Olayode has revealed that she cried on set while filming with her mentor Funke Akindele again after Jenifa’s Dairy.
Juliana was unveiled alongside Ebele Okaro, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Timini Egbuson and others as the cast of Funke’s soon-to-be-released film A Tribe Called Judah.
The movie star shared a trailer of the film on her Instagram account on Monday and fans stormed the comment section to express their excitement over the actress working with the filmmaker again six years after her controversial exit from Funke’s hit series Jenifa’s Dairy.
While expressing her delight over her return to Funke’s Scene One TV family, Juliana shared a video of herself via Instagram on Tuesday, showing off her dance movies.
Captioning the post, Juliana thanked Funke for the opportunity to play the character Hilda on A Tribe Called Judah, adding that she was so excited filming with Funke that she carried on the movie set.
She wrote: “We are COMING!!! A Tribe Called Judah is coming to the cinema on the 15th of December mark your calendars.
“Thank you for all the excitement and messages since I posted the video introducing the characters of A Tribe Called Judah yesterday. Posting this reel so y’all can see that I am as excited as you are. I was so excited I cried on set. Thank you so much mama @funkejenifaakindele for the opportunity to play Hilda. You are simply the BEST.”
In 2017, news broke that Juliana, who played the role of Toyosi in Jenifa’s Diary, had been dropped over alleged monetary issues.
That led to her exit from the show and a strained relationship with Funke.
The 27-year-old, however, said in a lengthy apology post via Instagram in May 2023 that she hurt Funke, whom she said was a miracle God used to bring her to the limelight, due to her little knowledge of how the movie industry works.
She said her guardian sent Funke an unsolicited email which ruined their relationship afterwards.
Juliana, also hinted at the end of her post that she might be back on the sitcom.