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Funke Akindele
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Funke Akindele at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
Born Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde
August 24, 1977 (age 40) [1]
IkoroduLagos StateNigeria
Alma mater
Occupation ActressFilm Producer
Years active 1998-present

Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde[2][3] (popularly known as Funke Akindele, born August 24, 1977 in Ikorodu,[4] Lagos StateNigeria) 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.[5] Funke Akindele also plays the lead character in the hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo AjisolaFalzJuliana OlayodeAderounmu Adejumoke, Lolo and more. The show is a spin-off from the movie titled Jenifa.[6

Early life and education

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.[4][7] 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.[8]


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.[9] Funke Akindele has over a 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer and producer.[10].

Charity initiative

She runs a non-governmental organisation known as THE JENIFA FOUNDATION, whose aims and objectives involves nurturing talents and acquiring vocational skills.[11]


Funke Akindele has a lot of endorsement deals to her name, the most recently is her being signed as Ambassador to Irokotv.[12]

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[13]
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[14]
Africa Entertainment Legend Awards Best Actress of the Year Won[15]
2016 Ghana Movies Awards Best Actress Africa Collaboration A Trip To Jamaica Won[16]
2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best TV series Jenifa’s Diary Won[17]
Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Series Jenifa’s Diary Won[18]
A Trip To Jamaica Nominated
2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Lead Actress Won

Personal life

On May 26, 2012 Funke got married to Adeola Kehinde Oloyede.[19] A year later in July 2013, she got divorced citing irreconcilable differences for her separation from Oloyede (now ex-husband).[20] Funke married Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello known as JJC Skillz in London in May 2016.[21]


  1. Jump up^ “Just like Funke Akindele, everyone got Eniola Badmus’ age wrong”The Net. The Net. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  2. Jump up^ Njoku, Benjamin (2 January 2010). “I didn’t snatch anybody’s husband – Funke Akindele”Vanguard. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  3. Jump up^ “Full name & Date of Birth”. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
  4. Jump up to:a b “ABOUT FUNKE AKINDELE – Funke Akindele – Official Website of Olufunke Akindele” Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  5. Jump up^ “AMAA Nominees and Winners 2009”African Movie Academy Award. Archived from the original on 5 April 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  6. Jump up^ “”Jenifa’s Diary” Watch Funke Akindele in season 4 trailer” Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  7. Jump up^ Bodunrin, Sola. “10 Things You Need To Know About Funke Akindele ▷ NAIJ.COM” Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  8. Jump up^ “Funke Akindele Biography & Her Shocking True Life Stories – Gistmania” Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  9. Jump up^ “Actress Funke Akindele Full Biography,Life And News” Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  10. Jump up^ “Biography of Funke Akindele, Actress. Lagos State Celebrity” Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  11. Jump up^ “Nollywood/ Nigeria No.1 movies/ films resources online” Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  12. Jump up^ “Actress Funke Akindele, Signed As Ambassador To Iroko TV – INFORMATION NIGERIA” Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  13. Jump up^ “Omoni Oboli, Funke Akindele, Omawumi: All the winners from the 2014 ELOY awards – Lifestyle – Pulse” (in German). 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  14. Jump up^ Posted by Seyoops (2016-10-10). “9ice: Funke Akindele “Jenifa” Wins Two Awards At The NaijaFM Comedy Award”. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  15. Jump up^ “Winners List – Ael Awards (Aela)”. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  16. Jump up^ “Ghana Movie Awards 2016: Funke Akindele wins best actress African collaboration – Movies – Pulse” (in German). Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  17. Jump up^ Adeleke Afolayan (4 March 2017). “AMVCA 2017: See the full list of winners”. The NET.
  18. Jump up^ Chidumga Izuzu (4 March 2017). “Funke Akindele wins Best Actress in a Comedy”. Pulse.Ng.
  19. Jump up^ “BN Exclusive: It’s Official, “Jenifa” Star Funke Akindele is a Married Woman! Photos & Details of the Beautiful Union with Her Beau Kehinde Oloyede Only On BN” Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  20. Jump up^ “Funke Akindele: “Yes, My Marriage has Crashed” – Nollywood Star confirms Split – Read the Official Statement + Her Recent Interview” Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  21. Jump up^ Marriage.., SunNewsOnline, Retrieved 21 September 2016
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