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Funke Akindele Biography, Education, Career, Personality, Awards, Net worth, Handles

Funke Akindele Biography, Education, Career, Personality, Awards, Net worth, Handles

In this article, you get to know more about this versatile and Veteran actor named Funke Akindele. 

Funke Akindele Biography, Education, Career, Personality, Awards, Net worth, Handles

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
Stage Name Jenifa
Date of Birth  24 August 1977 (age 44)
Place of Birth  Lagos state, Nigeria 
Spouse Abdul Rasheed Bello (JJC Skillz)
(Seperated) 
Net Worth  $3.5 million
Social Media Handles  Instagram
@funkejenifaakindele
Twitter
@funkeakindele

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

Career

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.

Funke Akindele Biography, Education, Career, Personality, Awards, Net worth, Handles

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”.

Personal Life

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. 

 Controversy 

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.

Funke Akindele Biography, Education, Career, Personality, Awards, Net worth, Handles

Movies

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

 

Awards and Nominations 

Year Event Prize Work Result  
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  

 

Networth

Funke Akindele is worth $3.5 million, she’s an ambassador to IrokoTv and there are some other endorsement deals to her name.

Social media handles

Instagram: @funkejenifaakindele
Twitter: @funkeakindele

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