Funke Akindele

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Funke Akindele
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Born Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde
(1976-08-24) August 24, 1976 (age 39)
Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria
Occupation Actress, Film Producer

Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde[1][2] (popularly known as Funke Akindele, born August 24, 1976 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian actress. She came to limelight after featuring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom; I NEED TO KNOW, which ran from 1998 to 2002. In 2009 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[3] Funke Akindele also has a TV hit show titled Jenifa.[4]

Early life[edit]

Funke Akindele, was born on August 24, 1976 in ikorodu, Lagos state, Nigeria. She is the second of three children (two sisters and one brother). Her mother is a medical doctor while her father is a retired school principal.[5]


Funke Akindele obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and got a Law degree from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.[6]


Funke came to limelight after featuring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom; I NEED TO KNOW, which ran from 1998 to 2002. She played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. Funke Akindele's big break came in 2009 from the movie titled JENIFA.[7] Funke Akindele has over a 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer and producer.[8]

Charity Initiative[edit]

Funke Akindele runs a non-governmental Organisation known as THE JENIFA FOUNDATION, whose aims and objectives involves nurturing talents and acquiring vocational skills.[9]


Funke Akindele has a lot of endorsement deals to her name, the most recently is her being signed as Ambassador to Iroko TV.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Africa Movie Academy Award[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2009 Jenifa Best Actress Leading Role Won

Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2014 The Return Of Sheri koko Best Actress Comedy Role Won
2016 Jenifa's diary Best Actress In Comedy Role Won

Nigeria Entertainment Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2009 Jenifa Best actress Won
2012 Troj Best Actress Won


On May 26, 2012 Funke got married to husband Mr. Adeola Kehinde Oloyede.[11] A year later in July 2013, she got divorced citing irreconcilable difference for her separation from Mr. Oloyede (now ex-husband).[12]


Year Film Role Note
2000 Final Whistle
2000 Final Whistle 2
2004 Atlanta
2004 Atlanta 2
2005 Agbara ife
2005 13th Day: Ojo ketala
2005 13th Day: Ojo ketala 2
2006 Osuwon eda
2006 Odun baku Moji
2006 Kosefowora
2006 Agbefo
2006 Agbefo 2
2007 Okun ife yi Bimpe
2007 Oba irawo
2007 Maku
2007 Egun
2007 Edunjobi
2007 Edunjobi 2
2007 Baye se nlo
2007 Akandu
2008 Taiwo Taiwo
2008 Taiwo Taiwo 2
2008 Omo pupa
2008 Kakai leku
2008 Jenifa Jenifa
2008 Atanpako meta
2008 Apoti orogun
2008 Aje meta Omolayo
2008 Aje meta 2 Omolayo
2009 Iro funfun
2009 Ija ola
2009 Ija ola 2
2009 Farayola Oyinkansola
2009 Anointed Liars
2009 Annointed Liars 2
2011 Ladies Gang Samantha
2011 Ladies Gang 2 Samantha
2011 Maami Maami
2011 New Horizons
2013 Blood is Money


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