Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde, commonly known as Funke Akindele, is a popular Nigerian actress, model and producer from Ikorodu, Lagos state. She is also popularly referred to as Jenifa as a result of her hit comedy series titled “Jenifa’s diary”.
You’ll discover interesting things such as her birthday, career and virtually all you’d want to know about the movie star right here.
Funke Akindele’s Birthday
Funke Akindele was born on August 24th, 1977, which means she celebrates her birthday on the 24th of August every year and she’s currently 42 years old.
We know her millions of fans would be delighted to send her several good wishes on her next special special day.
Place of Birth & How She Started
Funke Akindele was born in Ikorodu, Lagos state, into a family of three; a boy and two girls. And she is the second child. Her father is a retired school principal and her mother is a medical doctor.
She had both her primary and secondary education in Ikorudu, Lagos state, Nigeria.
She attended Ogun state polytechnic now known as Moshood Abiola polytechnic. There, she obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in mass communication.
In addition to the Ordinary National Diploma, she obtained a degree in Law from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.
Funke Akindele got married to Adeola Kehinde Oloyede on May 26, 2012. However, the couple divorced in July 2013, just one year into the marriage. According to them the divorce was as a result of “differences that cannot be reconciled”.
In May 2016, she married Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello also known as JJC Skills and she has several step children with him.
presently, she has two twin boys of her own; children she gave birth to in December 2018
Acting Career so far
She came into spotlight after she starred as Bisi, a highly intelligent and curious secondary school student in the popular sitcom titled ” i need to know”.
“I need to know” was a Nigerian family-oriented television series that aired on the NTA network from 1998-2002. It was Sponsored by the United Nations population Fund (UNFPA).
Although she came into spotlight after starring as Bisi, she rose to stardom in 2009 after starring in the movie “Jenifa”.
Meanwhile, she plays the lead character in the ongoing hit TV show titled “Jenifa’s Diary” alongside Fals the bahd guy, Juliana Olayode and a host of others.
Speaking in an interview in July 2016, she said she is not acting more in the Yoruba film industry due to issues of piracy then.
Funke Akindele runs a non-governmental organisation known as the Jenifa Foundation. Her NGO aims at nurturing young talents and providing young people with vocational skills.
She is also the CEO of Scene One Film Production.
Our dear actress has a good number of endorsement deals such as:
- She was signed as an ambassador to Irokotv
- In 2018, she was signed as a brand ambassador for Keystone bank.
- An ambassador for Glo telecommunication.
- Klin detergent
- Omo detergent
- Jobberman.com. to mention but a few.
Funke Akindele’s Net worth
Funke Akindele is no doubt one of Nollywood’s finest. As a result, she is also among the richest. According to various reports, she is worth above $600,000.
Awards and Nominations
Funke Akindele is one of the best actresses in nollywood. Therefore, it should not be coming as a surprise that she has been nominated for several awards. and so far, she has won a good number of them.
Below is a list of awards she has been nominated for and those she has won.
- 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards for Best Actress in a lead role (Oguni Aiku)
- 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards for Best Actress (Married but living single)
- 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards for Best Actress ( maami)
- 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Actress, Series (Jenifa’s Diary)
- Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Series ( A trip to Jamaica)
Awards won so far include:
- Africa Movie Academy Award
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards for best actress (Jenifa).
- Nigerian Entertainment awards best actress ( Troj)
- Nollywood Movies Awards for best actress (Emi abata)
- Zulu African Film Academy Awards for best actress (Maami and the return of Jenifa)
- Nollywood Movies Awards for best actress,indigenous (Maami)
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Actress in lead role (Agnetta O’Mpa) .
- Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best Actress, Comedy (Return of Sheri Koko respectively ).
- ELOY Awards for Brand Ambassador of the Year (Omo detergent)
- Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for best actress in Comedy Role (Jenifa’s Diary)
- Naija FM awards for sitcom of the year and best actress in comedy (Jenifa’s Diary).
- In the same year, she also won the Africa Entertainment Legend Awards for Best Actress of the Year (Jenifa’s Diary)
- Ghana Movies Awards for Best Actress Africa Collaboration ( A trip to Jamaica).
- Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best TV Series (Jenifa’s Diary).
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Lead Actress ( A trip to Jamaica)
List of Funke Akindele’s Movies
Funke Akindele has featured in many Nigerian films both in the Yoruba and English speaking movies.
Here’s a list of Movies featuring Funke Akindele
- Final whistle 1&2
- Atlanta 1& 2
- Ojo Ketala 1&2
- Agbara ife
- Osuwon Eda
- Agbefo 1&2
- Oba Irawo
- OKun Ife Yi
- Edunjobi 1&2
- Taiwo Taiwo 1&2
- Apoti Orogun
- Atanpako Meta
- Aje Meta 1&2
- Ija Ola 1&2
- Iro fun fun
- Anointed Liars 1&2
- New Horizon
- Ladies Gang 1&2
- Blood is Money
- A trip to Jamaica
- Jenifa’s Diary
Here’s a summary of Funke Akindele’s profile:
- Full name: Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde
- Date of birth: 24th August 1977
- Age: 42
- State of Origin: Lagos State
- Net worth: Roughly $700,000
- Marital status: Married
- Years active: 1998 till present
- Nationality: Nigerian.