One of the major casts of Funke Akindele’s ‘Jenifa’s Diary’, Juliana Olayode AKA ‘Toyo Baby’ allegedly moved on from the show over some money issues.
According to reports by TNS, their business transaction ended over an unpaid N3,000 fee.
According to the source, Funke Akindele removed Juliana Olayode’s character Toyo Baby from the series after the later requested for an increment in pay.
Funke did not find Juliana’s request funny, considering the fact that her TV series made Juliana famous and now she is posing as an ingrate by asking for more pay.
Last week when the news of Juliana’s exit from the project went viral on the internet, fans came for her neck commenting that she was biting the hands that fed her.
However, a close source to SceneOneProductions, producers of Jenifa’s Diary, revealed 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 newsmen via text message, narrated how she was paid ‘peanuts’ by Akindele’s team after being part of an all-night party scene on Jenifa’s Diary.
“I got a text message from Sceneone Productions that I had been selected to act on Jenifa’s Diary and I will be part of a party scene. I was so excited that I told my entire family about it.
“Mind you, it wasn’t my 1st time acting but the feeling of being on Jenifa’s diary was a big deal for me. I was asked to come with five different party costumes.
‘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.”
Juliana Olayode was absent in a recent photoshoot held for the upcoming season. She was also absent at events and parties that held at Funke’s house in Lekki.
The drama became more visible when the duo unfollowed each other on their social media accounts.
According to source, actors like 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.