Funke Akindele

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Funke Akindele Bello
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Born Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde
(1977-08-24) August 24, 1977 (age 40) [1]
Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria
Alma mater
Occupation Actress, Film Producer
Years active 1998-present

Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde[2][3] (popularly known as Funke Akindele, born August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu,[4] Lagos State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian actress. She entered the limelight after starring in the 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.[5]

Funke Akindele plays the lead character in the ongoing hit TV show Jenifa's Diary, alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Juliana Olayode, Aderounmu Adejumoke, Lolo and more. The show is a spin-off from the movie titled Jenifa.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[4][7] She 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.[8]


Akindele entered the limelight after starring 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 when she appeared in the movie Jenifa.[9] Funke Akindele has over 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer, and producer.[10]

Charity initiative[edit]

She runs a non-governmental organisation known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims to nurture talents and provide young people with vocational skills.[11][12]


Funke Akindele has a lot of endorsement deals to her name, the most recent is her being signed as Ambassador to Irokotv.[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2009 Africa Movie Academy Award Best Actress Leading Role Jenifa Won
2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best actress Jenifa Won
2010 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress 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'mmpa 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[14]
2016 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress In Comedy Role Jenifa's Diary Won
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Series Jenifa's Diary Nominated
Naija Fm Awards Sitcom Of The Year Jenifa's Diary Won
Best Actress In Comedy Won[15]
Africa Entertainment Legend Awards Best Actress of the Year Won[16]
2016 Ghana Movies Awards Best Actress Africa Collaboration A Trip To Jamaica Won[17]
2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best TV series Jenifa's Diary Won[18]
Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Series Jenifa's Diary Won[19]
A Trip To Jamaica Nominated
2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Lead Actress Won

Personal life[edit]

On May 26, 2012, Akindele married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede.[20] Citing irreconcilable differences, the couple divorced in July 2013.[21] Akindele married Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello, known as JJC Skillz, in London in May 2016.[22]


  1. ^ "Just like Funke Akindele, everyone got Eniola Badmus' age wrong". The Net. The Net. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ Njoku, Benjamin (2 January 2010). "I didn't snatch anybody's husband – Funke Akindele". Vanguard. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Full name & Date of Birth". Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  4. ^ a b "ABOUT FUNKE AKINDELE - Funke Akindele - Official Website of Olufunke Akindele". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2009". African Movie Academy Award. Archived from the original on 5 April 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  6. ^ ""Jenifa's Diary" Watch Funke Akindele in season 4 trailer". Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Bodunrin, Sola. "10 Things You Need To Know About Funke Akindele ▷ NAIJ.COM". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Funke Akindele Biography & Her Shocking True Life Stories - Gistmania". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Actress Funke Akindele Full Biography,Life And News". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Biography of Funke Akindele, Actress. Lagos State Celebrity". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Nollywood/ Nigeria No.1 movies/ films resources online". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  12. ^ ""Why I am focusing on educating the next generation" – Funke Akindele-Bello tells CNN's 'African Voices'". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  13. ^ "Actress Funke Akindele, Signed As Ambassador To Iroko TV - INFORMATION NIGERIA". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "Omoni Oboli, Funke Akindele, Omawumi: All the winners from the 2014 ELOY awards - Lifestyle - Pulse" (in German). 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  15. ^ Posted by Seyoops (2016-10-10). "9ice: Funke Akindele "Jenifa" Wins Two Awards At The NaijaFM Comedy Award". Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  16. ^ "Winners List - Ael Awards (Aela)". Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  17. ^ "Ghana Movie Awards 2016: Funke Akindele wins best actress African collaboration - Movies - Pulse" (in German). Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  18. ^ Adeleke Afolayan (4 March 2017). "AMVCA 2017: See the full list of winners". The NET. 
  19. ^ Chidumga Izuzu (4 March 2017). "Funke Akindele wins Best Actress in a Comedy". Pulse.Ng. 
  20. ^ "BN Exclusive: It's Official, "Jenifa" Star Funke Akindele is a Married Woman! Photos & Details of the Beautiful Union with Her Beau Kehinde Oloyede Only On BN". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  21. ^ "Funke Akindele: "Yes, My Marriage has Crashed" - Nollywood Star confirms Split – Read the Official Statement + Her Recent Interview". Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  22. ^ Marriage.., SunNewsOnline, Retrieved 21 September 2016

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