Funke Akindele Early life, Movies, Career, Awards, Husband, and Networth

Early Life

Akindele Bello Olunfunke Ayodele popularly known as Jenifa or Funke Akindele is a Nigerian Actress, writer and producer .She was born on 24 August 1977 in Ikorodu, Lagos state , Nigeria.

Funke Akindele attended Grace primary school for her primary school education and Lagos state college, Igbo – okuta for her secondary school education, after obtaining her West Africa secondary school Certificate, She proceeded to Ogun state( Now Moshood Abiola polytechnic) where she obtained National diploma Degree in mass communication, she later went to Lagos State University where she earns a degree in Law.

Funke Akindele when she was young

* Funke Akindele Career

Funke Akindele started her career at early age of 21 years , she joined the Nollywod movie industry, acting minor role and attending concert.

She rose to prominence when featured  in the popular United Nations Population fund ( UNFPA) sponsored Sitcom, I need to Know which span from 1998 – 2023. On 2008 she released jenifa, in which she featured Odunlade Adekola, Adebayo Salami, Eniola Badmus Ronke Odusanya and Mosunmola Filani, this movie was a hit, earning her four nominations at the Africa Movie Academy in 2008 and Best Actress in a leading role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for her role as Jenifa.

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Jenifa inspired Funke Akundele to produce Jenifa Diary, a Sitcom that has been running since 2015, it was directed by JJC Skillz, starring Funke Akindele, Falz, Juliana Olayode, Tobi Makinde, and Lolo, and t has 292 episodes and 24 seasons.

Old picture of Funke Akindele


YearMovie Role
2020Omo GhettoLefty
2017Double Double Modebola
2023Chief Daddy Tinu
2021Dwindle Tolani
2020Who’s the BossHauwa
2018Moms at War Olaide Adetola
2016A trip to Jamaica Bola
2015One fine Day
2015Jenifa Diary Jenifa
2017Isoken Agnes
2014Mr Potosky
2014New Horizons Sadie
2013Angelina Angelina
2011Jelili Betty
2010White Hunters Peggy
2009Iro funfun Tomilola


Africa Movie Academy Award For Best Actress in Leading role ( 2009, Jenifa)

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. Nollywood Award for Best lead Actress in an indigenous language ( 2012, 2013 Maami, Jenifa)

. Nigeria Entertainment Award for best Actress ( 2017, 2014, A trip to Jamaica, Agnetta O’ Mpa)

* Nominations

. Africa Movie Academy Award for best Actress in leading role ( Omo Ghetto, The saga, 2021)

. Africa Movie Academy Award for best Nigeria film ( 2009, Jenifa)

. City people Movie Award for Best Actress of the year ( Yoruba ) 2014

. Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best lead role in Tv ( 2018, 2017  jenifa’s Diary )

. Late Ambassador Segun Olusola NBMA for Actress of the year (  2016, Jenifa’s diary)

. City People Movie Award for Comic Actor of the year ( English) 2017, 2016

. Nigeria Entertainment Award For Best Actress of the year (TV)  2016, Jenifa Diary

. City People Movie Award for face of Nollywood ( English)  2017.

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* Personal life

Funke Akindele  married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede on May 26, 2012, due to indifference between Couples they got divorced in July 2013. On  May 2016 Akindele Married a Nigerian rapper and producer, Abdul Rasheed Bello popularly known as JJ Skillz in London, though JJ Skillz has a children before.  On December 2018 the Couple welcomed a set of twins, which both are boys.

Funke Akindele with his babies, Husband and his step children

* Networth

Funke Akindele is currently worth $7million, the actress is currently among top richest actress in Nigeria, amassing her wealth from her movies and Endorsement deal… These are some of the past and current Endorsement deal of Funke Akindele ;

. Ambassador to Dettol

. Ambassador of Iroko Tv

. Brand Ambassador to Keystone bank 2018

. Brand Ambassador to WAW, Nigeria 2019

. Endorsement deal with jobberman

Apart from Acting she is also a Successful Entrepreneur, She is CEO of Scene One production, a Company that deals content production for movies and television studio, she also own an acting School, Scene One School of drama, this school teaches people who are interested in acting movies , they are different course taught in the school some of them are Music, Contemporary Dance, Music introduction to drama.

The Actress is also a Philantrophist, she runs a non- governmental organization, Jenifa Foundation, which was set up for the aim of nurturing talents and acquiring skills.

*Connect with Funke Akindele

Instagram: FunkeAkindele@instagram

Twitter : FunkeAkindele@Twitter

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