Funke Akindele Biography, Net Worth, Age, Husband & More

Funke Akindele Biography, Net Worth, Age, Husband, Movies, Education, Career And More. In this article, you will know Funke Akindele’s Other Name, Age, Family, Her Networth, How Funke Akindele Made It.

Funke Akindele Biography

Funke Akindele Biography

Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde (born 24 August 1977), famously addressed as Funke Akindele or Jenifa, is a talented Nigerian movie actress, businesswoman, and producer.

She starred in the sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and in 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

She rose to fame for her role in the movie titled Jenifa, which earned her the nickname Jenifa. The Omo Ghetto trilogy contributed to her fame.

Funke Akindele played the lead role in the show Jenifa’s Diary, for which she was named the Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

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Quick Facts/Full Data Profile of Funke Akindele

Full Name: Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde
Stage Name: Funke Akindele
Born: 24 August 1977 (age 45 years old)
Place of Birth: Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria
State Of Origin: Lagos State
Nationality: Nigerian
Height: 1.68 m
Parents: N/A
Siblings: Abimbola Maria Akindele
Husband • Spouse: JJC (m. 2016), Kehinde Oloyede (m. 2012–2013)
Boyfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Tamira Bello, Benito Bello, Josiah Bello
Occupation: Actress • TV Personality
Net Worth: US$7.6 million

Early Life & Education

Funke Akindele was born on August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria.

She is the second of three children (two girls and one boy). Her mother is a medical doctor, while her father is a retired school principal. She also has a sister named Abimbola Maria Akindele.

Funke Akindele attended Grace Children School, Gbagada, Lagos State. She obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now known as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. She earned a Law degree from the University of Lagos.

Funke Akindele Career

Funke Akindele came into the limelight after starring in the popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know, from 1998 to 2002. She played Bisi, a curious but brilliant secondary school student. Funke Akindele‘s big break came in 2008 when she appeared in the movie Jenifa.

In July 2016, in an interview, Funke Akindele stated she was acting less in the Yoruba film industry because of piracy.

Funke Akindele plays the lead character in the ongoing hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo AjisolaFalzJuliana Olayode, and Aderounmu Adejumoke.

The show is a spin-off from the movie Jenifa. The 2018 comedy film Moms at War stars Funke Akindele and Omoni Oboli.

In July 2019, Funke Akindele started a new web series, Aiyetoro Town, a spinoff from her popular TV series, Jenifa’s Diary. She is the CEO of Scene One Film Production.

She made her directorial debut in the 2019 political drama film, Your Excellency.

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Funke Akindele Personal Life

Funke Akindele Husband

On May 26, 2012, Funke Akindele married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. The couple divorced in July 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. Funke Akindele married Nigerian rapper JJC Skillz in London in May 2016.

Funke Akindele has three children, namely Tamira BelloBenito Bello and Josiah Bello, which incorporates her twin.

Her pregnancy rumors were among the top searched results on Google search engine in August 2017. Funke Akindele gave birth to twin boys in December 2018 and has several step-children.

Charity Initiative

Funke Akindele runs a nongovernmental organization known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims at providing young people with vocational skills.

Funke Akindele Endorsements

Funke Akindele has endorsement deals such as her being signed as an Ambassador to Dettol and Irokotv.

In 2018, she was signed as brand ambassador for Keystone Bank.

In November 2019, she signed an endorsement deal with Waw Nigeria, which manufactures detergent and bar soap.

Funke Akindele Awards & Nominations

  • 2009 Africa Movie Academy Award Best Actress Leading Role
  • 2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress
  • 20102010 Best of Nollywood AwardsB est Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba)
  • 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress
  • Nollywood Movie Awards Best Actress (Indigenous)
  • Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress(English)
  • Zulu African Film Academy Awards Best Actress
  • 2013 Nollywood Movies AwardsBest Actress (Leading Role) Best Actress (Indigenous)
  • 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress (Leading Role)
  • Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress (Comedy)
  • ELOY Awards Brand Ambassador of the Year
  • 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress In Comedy Role
  • Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Series
  • Naija FM Awards Sitcom Of The Year
  • Best Actress in Comedy
  • Africa Entertainment Legend Awards Best Actress of the Year
  • 2016 Ghana Movies Awards Best Actress Africa Collaboration
  • 2017Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best TV Series
  • Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Series
  • 2017 Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Lead Actress
  • 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
  • Best Actress in a comedy(Moms At War)
  • 2021 Net Honours
  • Most Popular Actress
  • Most Searched Actress
  • Africa Movie Academy Award
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role(Omo Ghetto: The Saga)

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The films of Funke Akindele are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Agbefo
  • Aje Metta
  • Akandun
  • Anointed Liars
  • Apaadi
  • Apoti Orogun
  • Atanpako Meta
  • Baye se Nlo
  • Bolode O’ku
  • Chief Daddy
  • Dwindle
  • Edunjobi
  • Egun
  • Emi Abata
  • Farayola
  • Ija Ola
  • Industreet
  • Isoken
  • Jenifa
  • Jenifa’s Diary
  • Kakaki ‘leku
  • Kòséfowórà
  • Ladies Gang
  • Love Wahala
  • Maami
  • Maku
  • Married but Living Single
  • Moms at War
  • Oba Irawo
  • Odun Baku
  • Okun Ife Yi
  • Omo Ghetto
  • Omo Ghetto: The Saga
  • Omo Pupa
  • Oreke Mulero
  • Osuwon Edaf
  • Return of Jenifa
  • My Siblings And I
  • A Trip to Jamaica
  • Taiwo Taiwo
  • Your Excellency
  • Who’s the Boss (2020 film)

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Funke Akindele Net Worth

As of now, the talented actress and producer Funke Akindele net worth is placed at US$$7.6 million. She is one of the richest actresses in Nigeria.

Funke Akindele has endorsement deals such as her being signed as an Ambassador to Irokotv.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @funkejenifaakindele
  • Twitter: @funkeakindele

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