Funke Akindele Biography, Age, Early Life, Family, Education, Career, Net Worth And More

Funke Akindele Biography
Funke Akindele is a Nigerian actress and producer, best known for her role in the popular comedy-drama movie, 'Jenifa's Diary'.
Jenifa's Diary documents the life of Jenifa, a school dropout turned hairdresser and has been the favourite show of many Nigerians since its first episode aired on the 15th of April, 2015.
We'd be seeing Funke Akindele's biography, date of birth, age, early life, family, parents, siblings, husband, children, education, entertainment career, net worth, houses, cars, social media handles and everything else you'd love to know about her.
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Funke Akindele Profile

Before we continue, here's a quick run down on Funke Akindele's profile and a few things you'd love to know about her:
Full name:
Popularly known as: Funke Akindele
Date of birth: 24th August, 1977
Age: 43 years
Place of birth: Lagos State, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigerian
Education: Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (formerly Ogun State Polytechnic), University of Lagos
Marital status:  Married
Spouse: Abdul Rasheed Bello (JJC Skillz)
Children: Zack and Zion
Occupation: Actress, producer
Net worth:

Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde Biography, Date Of Birth, Age, Early Life, Family And Education

Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde (popularly known as Funke Akindele) was born on the 24th of August, 1977 in in Ikorodu, Lagos State. Her father was a principal, while her mum is a Medical Doctor.

Funke Akindele had her early primary education at Grace Children Schools and secondary education at Lagos State Model College, Igbo-kuta. After completing her secondary education, she proceeded to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (formerly Ogun State Polytechnic) where she obtained an OND in Mass Communication. She also has a Law degree from the University of Lagos.

Entertainment Career

Just like Falz, Funke Akindele decided to pursue an acting career after graduating from law school. One of her first movies was 'Naked Wire', where she played the role of a waitress.
Funke's rise to stardom began when she began starring in 'I Need to Know', a popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom that aired between 1998 and 2002. She was playing the role of a Bisi, curious but brilliant secondary school student in series. The series was created to enlighten the public on the issues teenagers face while growing up.

Funke Akindele has since then, been featured on many Nollywod movies, especially Yoruba ones. Some of her hit movies include Omo Ghetto, Maami, Ojo Ketala (13thDay) and Iru Oka. Funke also starred in 'A Trip to Jamaica', a popular 2016 movie that was directed by Robert O. Peters and produced by Nigerian comedian, Ayo Makun.

Funke Akindele got her major breakthrough when she began playing the main character in a comedy-drama movie, 'Jenifa's Diary'. In the popular series, she played the role of a village girl that went to Lagos to pursue a 'better' life. The movie was really a great success and put her name in the hearts of many Nigerians. Other stars that featured in the series include Folarin Falana (Falz), Lolo (an OAP and TV personality) and Lota Chukwu.

Personal Life

Funke Akindele was married to Alhaji Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede, but they divorced in July 2013, after 413 days of living together. Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede is a businessman and politician, who has several children from 3 - 4 women.
In May 2016, Funke got married to Nigerian rapper, Abdul Rasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz. The marriage, took place in London.
InformationNG.com stated that Funke Akindele's wasn't in support of the actress marriage to JJC Skillz, because she believed he has the same profile as that of Funke’s first husband, Alhaji Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede. JJC Skills reportedly had three children from three women before getting married to Funke.
Funke Akindele gave birth to twin boys, Zack and Zion with JJC Skills in December 2018. The birth of the twins was confirmed by Akindele’s publicist, Mr. Biodun Kupoluyi and published by PunchNG.com.

Funke Akindele’s Movies

Funke Akindele has been featured in over 100 Nollywood movies. Some of them include:
• Maami
• Industreet
• A trip to Jamaica
• Apaadi
• Omoge Ghetto
• Married but Living Single
• Moms at War
• Isoken

Funke Akindele Awards And Nominations

Funke Akindele has earned a number of awards and nominations including: 
• Best Actress Leading Role at the 2009 Africa Movie Academy Award (won)
• Best Actress at the 2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards (won)
• Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba) at the 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards (nominated)
• Best Actress at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards (won)
• Best Actress (Indigenous) at the 2012 Nollywood Movies Awards (won)
• Best Actress (English) at the 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards (nominated)
• Best Actress at the 2012 Zulu African Film Academy Awards (won)
• Best Actress (Leading Role) at the 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards (nominated)
• Best Actress (Indigenous) at the 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards (won)
• Best Actress (Leading Role) at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards (won)
• Best Actress (Comedy) at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (won)
• Brand Ambassador of the Year at the 2014 ELOY Awards (won)
• Best Actress In Comedy Role at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (won)
• Best Actress Series at the 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards (nominated)
• Sitcom Of The Year at the 2016 Naija FM Awards (won)
• Best Actress in Comedy at the 2016 Naija FM Awards (won)
• Best Actress of the Year at the 2016 Africa Entertainment Legend Awards (won)
• Best Actress Africa Collaboration at the 2016 Ghana Movies Awards (won)
• Best TV Series at the 2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards  (won)
• Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Series at the 2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards  (won)
• Best Lead Actress at the 2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards (won)
• Best Lead Role in TV in the 2018 Nigeria Entertainment Awards (nominated)
• Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or TV Series in the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards (won)

Charity initiative

Funke Akindele runs a charity organization known as the Jenifa Foundation. The organisation is focused on equipping the young ones with vocational skills, and help them discover their talents in acting, music and dance.

Funke Akindele Net Worth And Endorsement Deals

Funke Akindele is one of the most successful Nollywood actresses. She has endorsement deals with several brands like Irokotv, WAW Nigeria (makers of soaps and detergents), Keystone Bank, Western Lotto, Vitafoam, Dettol and contemporary Afro-European label, Ayo Van Elmar. She also has a deal with Lagos State Inland Revenue Service.

Funke Akindele is also a skilled entrepreneur with several businesses to her credit. She is the founder of Scene One School of Drama, an acting school that tutors aspiring actors, producers and dancers on how to develop their talents and be the best in their creative careers. Courses offered in the school include Music, Traditional and Contemporary Dance, Introduction to Drama and much more.

She is also the CEO of Scene One Production, a content production company for television stations and movies. Scene One also has a mobile app and website for watching Nollywood movies, TV series, music and even TV shows.
According to Legit.NG, Funke Akindele has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million.

Social Media Handles

You can connect with Funke Akindele on:
Instagram @FunkeJenifaAkindele
Twitter @FunkeAkindele

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