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[Biography] Funke Akindele

Funke-Akindele

Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde (popularly known as Funke Akindele, born August 24, 1976 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian actress. She came to limelight after featuring in 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. Funke Akindele also plays the lead character in the hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Juliana Olayode, Lolo and more. The show is a spin-off from the movie titled Jenifa.

Early life and education

Akindele was born on August 24, 1976 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 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.

Career

Funke came to limelight after featuring 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 from the movie titled Jenifa. Funke Akindele has over a 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer and producer.

Charity initiative

She runs a non-governmental organisation known as THE JENIFA FOUNDATION, whose aims and objectives involves nurturing talents and acquiring vocational skills.

Endorsements

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

Awards and nominations

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
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
Africa Entertainment Legend Awards Best Actress of the Year Won
2016 Ghana Movies Awards Best Actress Africa Collaboration A Trip To Jamaica Won
2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best TV series Jenifa’s Diary Won
Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Series Jenifa’s Diary Won
A Trip To Jamaica Nominated

Marriage

On May 26, 2012 Funke got married to Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. A year later in July 2013, she got divorced citing irreconcilable difference for her separation from Oloyede (now ex-husband). Funke married Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello known as JJC Skillz in London in May 2016.

Filmography

  • Movies
Year Title Role Note
2000 Final Whistle
2000 Final Whistle 2
2004 Atlanta
2004 Atlanta 2
2005 Agbara Ife
2005 13th Day: Ojo Ketala
2005 13th Day: Ojo Ketala 2
2006 Osuwon Eda
2006 Odun Baku Moji
2006 Kosefowora
2006 Agbefo
2006 Agbefo 2
2007 Okun Ife Yi Bimpe
2007 Oba Irawo
2007 Maku
2007 Egun
2007 Edunjobi
2007 Edunjobi 2
2007 Baye Se Nlo
2007 Akandu
2008 Taiwo Taiwo
2008 Taiwo Taiwo 2
2008 Omo Pupa
2008 Kakai Leku
2008 Jenifa Jenifa
2008 Atanpako Meta
2008 Apoti Orogun
2008 Aje Meta Omolayo
2008 Aje Meta 2 Omolayo
2009 Iro Funfun
2009 Ija Ola
2009 Ija Ola 2
2009 Farayola Oyinkansola
2009 Anointed Liars
2009 Anointed Liars 2 Ojo Aje
2011 Ladies Gang Samantha
2011 Ladies Gang 2 Samantha
2011 Maami Maami
2011 New Horizons
2013 Blood is Money
2016 A Trip to Jamaica
2017 Isoken
  • Tv Series
Year Series Role Note
2014-present Jenifa’s Diary Jenifa
2017 Industreet

 

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Funke Akindele at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
Born Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde
August 24, 1977 (age 40)
Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria
Alma mater
  • Moshood Abiola Polytechnic
  • University of Lagos
Occupation Actress, Film Producer
Years active 1998-present

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