Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde is a Nigerian actress and producer. Funke starred in the sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and in 2009 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Funke Akindele Background
Funke Akindele was born on 24th of August, 1977 in Ikorodu, Lagos State. She attended Grace Children Schools, Gbagada and Lagos State Model College, Igbo-kuta for her primary and secondary education respectively. Funke has an OND in Mass Communication from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun State and a Law degree from the University of Lagos.
Funke married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede on May 26, 2012 and they divorced in July 2013 citing irreconcilable differences. She remarried Abdul Resheed Bello, known as JJC Skillz in London in May, 2016.
Funke Akindele’s Career
Jenifa decided to pursue a career in acting even though she is a trained lawyer. Acting comes naturally to her as we can all agree. One of her first movies was Naked Wire where she acted as a waitress. Her journey to stardom began when she played the role of a curious but brilliant secondary school student in a popular TV series, I Need to Know which aired from 1998 -2002. I Need to Know is a United Nations Population Fund sponsored Sitcom program created to enlighten the public on the issues teenagers face while growing up.
Funke has featured, written and produced many Nollywood movies especially Yoruba movies and has many hit movies to her name. Some of her hit movies are Maami, Iru Oka (Cobra’s tail), Omo Ghetto, Ojo Ketala (13thDay) and A Trip to Jamaica.
Funke Akindele got her major breakthrough when she played the main character in a comedy-drama movie, Jenifa where she acted as a ‘local girl’ from the village who went to Lagos for a ‘better’ life. The movie was not just entertaining and hilarious but a massive success which she did well to harness the potential. Jenifa inspired her ongoing TV series Jenifa’s Diary. Jenifa’s Diary has become a household name in most Nigerian homes and features talented artists such as Lota Chukwu, Folarin Falana (Falz Da bad guy) and Lolo, an OAP and TV personality.
Funke Akindele’s Blockbusters
Married but Living Single (2012)
A trip to Jamaica (2016)
Moms at War (2018)
Awards Won by Funke Akindele
Best Actress Leading Role at Africa Movie Academy Awards 2009
Best Actress at Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2009
Best Actress at Nollywood Movies Awards 2012
Best Actress at Zulu African Film Academy Awards 2012
Best Actress (Indigenous) at Nollywood Movies Awards 2013
Best Actress (Comedy) at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2014
Brand Ambassador of the Year at ELOY Awards 2014
Best Actress (Leading Role) at Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2014
Best Actress in Comedy at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2016
Sitcom of the Year at Naija FM Awards 2016
Best Actress Africa Collaboration @ Ghana Movies Awards 2016
Best Actress of the Year at Africa Entertainment Legend Awards 2016
Best Actress in Comedy Movies at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2017
Best Lead Actress at Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2017