In this article, you get to know more about this versatile and Veteran actor named Funke Akindele.
The pioneer and the brain behind the popular home display video ‘Jenifa’s diary’; comic displays arranged in episodes to put a smile on the face of the audience, the episodic movies had made a great impact and hit in the Nigerian entertainment sector.
Funke Akindele’s Profile
|Full Name||Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde|
|Date of Birth||24 August 1977|
|Place of Birth||Lagos state, Nigeria|
Abdul Rasheed Bello (JJC Skillz)
|Net Worth||$3.5 million|
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Funke Akindele Biography
The Nigerian Actress and film producer named Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde, been popularly tagged as ‘Jenifa’ in Nigerian homes prompted her active role in the episodic play ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ which she pioneered, she was born on the 24th of August 1976 in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Her presence was generally acknowledged when she was featured in the sitcom; I NEED TO KNOW which existed in the year 1998-2002, sponsored by the United Nations Population funds (UNFPA), since then she’s been an all-time award winner.
Early life & Education
Akindele was born and nurtured in Ikorodu, Lagos State. She has a sister and as well a brother which makes them three children to her parents. Her mother happens to be a medical doctor and her father a retired school principal.
She obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and Obtained a degree at the University of Lagos where she studied Law
In the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom; I Need to Know, Funke Akindele was cast as Bisi (a curious and highly intelligent secondary school student).
Her movie titled Jenifa, was another huge breakthrough for Her as she released it in the year 2009
She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She also plays the lead character in the hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Lolo, and more. The show is a spin-off from the movie titled Jenifa, she currently has over a 100 movies to her credit as an actress, writer, and producer, she’s been endorsed as an ambassador to the IrokoTv
She runs a non-governmental organization known as THE JENIFA FOUNDATION, whose aims and objectives involve nurturing talents and acquiring vocational skills.
Akindele was nominated as the Lagos deputy governorship candidate under Peoples Democratic Party (Nigeria) in the upcoming 2023 elections. In justifying her nomination, Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, noted that the actress will add more value to his candidacy in the 2023 general elections. Confirming her deputy governorship candidacy, the actress stated that her acting career must be “necessarily put on hold”.
She got married to Adeola Kehinde Oloyede on the 26th of May 2012, divorced in July 2013 a year and two months after the wedding, she then got married a Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello (JJC Skillz) in May 2016 in London and they got Seperated Recently (2022) after JJC skillz publicly announced their separation.
In April 2020, Akindele was arrested and charged in court for hosting a birthday party in honour of her husband during the period of an imposed lockdown (to tackle coronavirus). She later appeared in a Nigeria Centre for Disease Control video to raise awareness about coronavirus. The actress and her husband were sentenced to a 14-day community service after pleading guilty to violating the lockdown order.
• My siblings and I
• Jenifa’s Diary
• Your Excellency
• A Trip to Jamaica
• Return of Jenifa
• Moms at War
• Chief Daddy
• Omo Ghetto
• Married but Living Single
• Emi Abata
• Love Wahala
• Ladies Gang
• Anointed Liars
• Bolode O’ku
• Ija Ola
• Aje Metta
• Apoti Orogun
• Atanpako Meta
• Kakaki ‘leku
• Omo Pupa
• Taiwo Taiwo
• Baye se Nlo
• Oba Irawo
• Okun Ife Yi
• Odun Baku
• Oreke Mulero
• Osuwon Eda
Awards and Nominations
|2009||Africa Movie Academy Award||Best Actress Leading Role||Won|
|2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Actress||Jenifa||Won|
|2010||2010 Best of Nollywood Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba)||Oguni Aiku||Nominated|
|2012||2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Actress||Troj||Won|
|2012 Nollywood Movies Awards||Best Actress (Indigenous)||Emi Abata||Won|
|2012 Best of Nollywood Awards||Best Actress (English)||Married but Living Single||Nominated|
|Zulu African Film Academy Awards||Best Actress||Maami and The Return of Jenifa||Won|
|2013||2013 Nollywood Movies Awards||Best Actress (Leading Role)||Maami||Nominated|
|Best Actress (Indigenous)||Won|
|2014||2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Actress (Leading Role)||Agnetta O’Mpa||Won|
|2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Actress (Comedy)||The Return of Sheri Koko||Won|
|ELOY Awards||Brand Ambassador of the Year||Omo||Won|
|2016||2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Actress In Comedy Role||Jenifa’s Diary||Won|
|Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Actress Series||Nominated|
|Naija FM Awards||Sitcom Of The Year||Won|
|Best Actress in Comedy||Won|
|Africa Entertainment Legend Awards||Best Actress of the Year||Won|
|2016 Ghana Movies Awards||Best Actress Africa Collaboration||A Trip to Jamaica||Won|
|2017||2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best TV Series||Jenifa’s Diary||Won|
|Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Series||Won|
|A Trip to Jamaica||Nominated|
|2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Lead Actress||Won|
|2020||2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Actress in a comedy||Moms At War||Won|
|2021||Net Honours||Most Popular Actress||Won|
|Most Searched Actress||Nominated|
|Africa Movie Academy Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Omo Ghetto: The Saga||Nominated|
|2022||Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards||Best Actress in A Comedy||Won|
|Best Costume Designer||Won|
|Best Movie West Africa||Nominated|
|Best Overall Movie||Nominated|
|Best Television Series||Jenifa’s Diary||Nominated|
|Best Africa Magic Original Comedy Series||My Siblings & I||Nominated|
|NET Honours||Most Popular Actress||Won|
Funke Akindele is worth $3.5 million, she’s an ambassador to IrokoTv and there are some other endorsement deals to her name.
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