Funke Akindele Biography, True Life Story, Age, Family, Lifestyle And Net Worth
Funke Akindele is one of the most prominent actresses in Nigeria. She has been involved in the Nigerian film industry popularly known as Nollywood for over two decades. She is always known for starring in comedy films. Her real name is Funke Akindele Ayotunde, but she is popularly known as Funke Akindele or Jenifa. She is a famous Nollywood actress, producer, model, television personality, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She has been described as one of Nigeria’s best comic actresses. She is very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpreting film roles.
She is very good at interpreting her roles and can fit into any character given to her by film directors and producers in Nigeria. She always stars in romantic movies, comedies and action thrillers. She is considered to be one of the highest paid actresses in Nigeria and also one of the highest performing actresses in Nigeria.
Funke Akindele was born on August 24, 1977 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, southwestern Nigeria. She is currently 42 years old. She is the second child in a family of three children, consisting of two girls and one boy. Her mother is a doctor and her father is a retired school principal.
She is very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented. With her hilarious communication style, she always comes across as funny in films. She has been involved in the Nigerian film industry popularly known as Nollywood for over two decades.
Funke Akindele completed her primary education in Calabar, Cross River State in south-southern Nigeria and earned her First School Leaving Certificate. She then completed her secondary education in Ikorodu, Lagos State in South West Nigeria and earned her West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing her primary and secondary education, Funke Akindele went to the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now referred to as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Ogun State, South West Nigeria, and received a National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication. Already in secondary school she was actively involved in school theater, theater and performing arts.
After receiving her National Diploma in Mass Communication, Funke Akindele went to the University of Lagos in Akoka, Yaba, Lagos State in south-western Nigeria, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in law. She started acting while she was still in secondary school, performing in various theater clubs and plays. In 1998, Funke Akindele joined the Nigerian film industry, popularly officially known as Nollywood, and began attending film auditions and appearing as a supporting character in films.
Funke Akindele has starred in more than 200 Nollywood films throughout her acting career. Movies she has acted in include Jenifa, Anointed Liars, Blood is Money, A Trip to Jamaica, Ladies Gang, Jenifas Diary, Final Whistle, Atlanta, Pretty Liars, New Horizons, Blood is Money, Omo Ghetto, Aje Meta, Agbara Ife, Maami, Isoken and many more.
Funke Akindele has many endorsement deals to her name. She is currently a brand ambassador for Irokotv and has an endorsement deal with a telecoms giant in Nigeria GLO worth millions of naira. In 2014, Funke Akindele produced the popular TV series Jenifa’s Diary, which is still hot on TV today.
Funke Akindele rose to prominence in 2002 after starring in the United Nations Population Fund sponsored sitcom television series I Need to Know, in which she played the role of Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent high school student. The television series, which ran from 1998 to 2002, earned her a nomination for Best New Act to Watch at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
In 2009, Funke Akindele became a socialite after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster Jenifa, a film that earned her the nickname Jenifa and won her a Best Comic Actress award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards brought in Nigeria.
In 2013, Funke Akindele won Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Native Actress at the Nollywood Movies Awards. In 2014 she won two awards including Best Actress (Comedy) at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Brand Ambassador of the Year at the Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards.
In 2016 she won three awards including Best Actress in Comedy at the Naija FM Awards, Best Actress of the Year at the Africa Entertainment Legends Awards and Best Actress in Africa at the Ghana Movie Awards. In 2017, she won three awards including Best TV Series at Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Actress in a Comedy Film and TV Series at Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Best Leading Actress in Nigeria at Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Funke Akindele has won so many awards and recognitions for her acting career. In 2009 she won two awards including Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and Best Actress in Nigeria at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
In 2010, she won the Best Actress (Yoruba) award at the Best of Nollywood Awards. In 2012 she won four awards including Best Native Actress at the Nollywood Movies Awards, Best Actress at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Best Actress (English) at the Best of Nollywood Awards and Best Actress at the Zulu African Film Academy Awards.
Funke Akindele currently has an estimated net worth of over US$2 million making her one of the richest and most influential actresses in Nigeria. She is also very popular on social media with more than 10 million followers on her official Instagram account and Facebook page.
In 2011, she was honored by the Nigerian Federal Government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), which happens to be the highest honor and distinction bestowed on a celebrity in Nigeria who has contributed immensely to the economic growth and development of the country through entertainment.
Funke Akindele is considered to be one of the most sought after actresses in Nigeria and also one of the highest paid actresses in Nigeria. She is indeed a great figure in the Nigerian film industry popularly known as Nollywood.
Funke Akindele is one of the most popular actresses in Nigeria right now. On May 26, 2012, Funke Akindele married her longtime boyfriend Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. In July 2013, she divorced her husband, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the annulment. Following her first husband’s divorce in May 2016, Funke Akindele remarried, this time to Nigerian rapper “Abdul Rasheed Bello” popularly known by his stage name “JJC Skillz” in London, UK.
In 2014, she won Best Comedy Actress in Nigeria at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for the film Sheri Koko. In 2016, she won the Best Actress of the Year award at the Africa Entertainment Legend Awards for her role in the TV series Jenifa’s Diary, a film she produced and starred in as the lead actress, which is still televised to this day.