Funke Akindele Biography

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    Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde (born 24 August 1977), professionally known as Funke Akindele or Jenifa, is a creative Nigerian movie actress, businesswoman, producer, and politician.

    she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

    She came to the spotlight for her role in the movie titled Jenifa, which earned her the nickname Jenifa. The Omo Ghetto trilogy contributed to her fame.

    Funke Akindele played the lead role in the show Jenifa’s Diary, for which she was named the Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.



    Real Facts About Funke Akindele

    • Full Name: Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde
    • Stage Name: Funke Akindele
    • Born: 24 August 1976 (age 46 years old)
    • Place of Birth: Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria
    • State Of Origin: Lagos State
    • Nationality: Nigerian
    • Siblings: Abimbola Maria Akindele
    • Husband: JJC (m. 2016), Kehinde Oloyede (m. 2012–2013)
    • Children: Tamira Bello, Benito Bello, Josiah Bello
    • Occupation: Actress • TV Personality
    • Net Worth: US$7.6 million

    Funke Akindele Early Life & Education

    Funke 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. She also has a sister named Abimbola Maria Akindele.

    Funke Akindele attended Grace Children School, Gbagada, Lagos State. She obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now known as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. She earned a Law degree from the University of Lagos.


    Funke Akindele Career

    Funke Akindele came into the limelight after starring in the popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know, from 1998 to 2002. She played Bisi, a curious but brilliant secondary school student. Funke Akindele‘s big break came in 2008 when she appeared in the movie Jenifa.

    In January 2018, there was a controversy when TheCityCeleb reported that Funke Akindele would get her Hollywood debut in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War as she was listed as a member of the cast on IMDb.

    Funke Akindele plays the lead character in the ongoing hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo AjisolaFalzJuliana Olayode, and Aderounmu Adejumoke.

    The show is a spin-off from the movie Jenifa. The 2018 comedy film Moms at War stars Funke Akindele and Omoni Oboli.

    In July 2019, Funke Akindele started a new web series, Aiyetoro Town, a spinoff from her popular TV series, Jenifa’s Diary. She is the CEO of Scene One Film Production.

    She made her directorial debut in the 2019 political drama film, Your Excellency.

    Akindele was nominated as the Lagos deputy governorship candidate under Peoples Democratic Party (Nigeria) in the upcoming 2023 elections.


    Funke Akindele Awards & Nominations

    • 2009 Africa Movie Academy Award Best Actress Leading Role
    • 2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress
    • 20102010 Best of Nollywood AwardsB est Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba)
    • 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress
    • Nollywood Movie Awards Best Actress (Indigenous)
    • Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress(English)
    • Zulu African Film Academy Awards Best Actress
    • 2013 Nollywood Movies AwardsBest Actress (Leading Role) Best Actress (Indigenous)
    • 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress (Leading Role)
    • Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress (Comedy)
    • ELOY Awards Brand Ambassador of the Year
    • 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress In Comedy Role
    • Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Series
    • Naija FM Awards Sitcom Of The Year
    • Best Actress in Comedy
    • Africa Entertainment Legend Awards Best Actress of the Year
    • 2016 Ghana Movies Awards Best Actress Africa Collaboration
    • 2017Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best TV Series
    • Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Series
    • 2017 Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Lead Actress
    • 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
    • Best Actress in a comedy(Moms At War)
    • 2021 Net Honours
    • Most Popular Actress
    • Most Searched Actress
    • Africa Movie Academy Award
    • Best Actress in a Leading Role(Omo Ghetto: The Saga)

      Funke Akindele Filmography

      • Agbefo
      • Aje Metta
      • Akandun
      • Anointed Liars
      • Apaadi
      • Apoti Orogun
      • Atanpako Meta
      • Baye se Nlo
      • Bolode O’ku
      • Chief Daddy
      • Dwindle
      • Edunjobi
      • Egun
      • Emi Abata
      • Farayola
      • Ija Ola
      • Industreet
      • Isoken
      • Jenifa
      • Jenifa’s Diary
      • Kakaki ‘leku
      • Kòséfowórà
      • Ladies Gang
      • Love Wahala
      • Maami
      • Maku
      • Married but Living Single
      • Moms at War
      • Oba Irawo
      • Odun Baku
      • Okun Ife Yi
      • Omo Ghetto
      • Omo Ghetto: The Saga
      • Omo Pupa
      • Oreke Mulero
      • Osuwon Edaf
      • Return of Jenifa
      • My Siblings And I
      • A Trip to Jamaica
      • Taiwo Taiwo
      • Your Excellency
      • Who’s the Boss (2020 film)

    Funke Akindele Networth

     The award-winning actress Funke Akindele is the third richest actress in Nigeria, with an estimated net worth of about $7.6 million dollars.

    Nwede Chinedu Mishach Popularly known as Rechibee is a Nigerian Content Editor and an Entertainment reporter at Wakadaily. He is a passionate journalist with a core interest in Special reports, Biography, and music journalism.

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