Funke Akindele: Biography, Age, Career, Family And Movies
Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde (popularly known as Funke Akindele) 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. She plays the lead character in the show Jenifa’s Diary, for which she was named Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Funkee has over 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer, and producer
Early life and education
Akindele was born on August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. Funke is the second of three children (two girls and one boy). Akindele’s mother is a Medical Doctor while her father is a retired School Principal. Funke 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.
Akindele came into the limelight after starring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002. Funke played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent 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 it was reported that Akindele would get her Hollywood debut in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War as she was listed as a member of the cast on IMDb. Mainstream Nigerian press reported that she was set to star in Infinity War as the guard Dora Milaje, citing IMDb. Some weeks later her name was replaced with that of fellow Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji, with Akindele’s upload shown to have been a hack. In February 2018, it was reported that Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr Bukola Saraki has advised Marvel Studios to feature Akindele in Infinity War.
In July 2016, in an interview, she stated she was acting less in the Yoruba film industry at that time because of piracy. Akindele plays the lead character in the ongoing hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Juliana Olayode, and Aderounmu Adejumoke. The show is a spin-off from the movie Jenifa. The 2018 comedy film Moms at War stars Akindele and Michelle Dede. She is the CEO of Scene One Film Production.
Funke Akindele runs a non-governmental organisation known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims at providing young people with vocational skills.
Funke Akindele has endorsement deals such as her being signed as an Ambassador to Irokotv. Also in 2018, she was signed as brand ambassador for Keystone Bank.
On May 26, 2012, Akindele married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. Citing irreconcilable differences, the couple divorced in July 2013. Akindele married Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello, known as JJC Skillz, in London in May 2016. Google said that for the week of August 2017, “Funke Akindele pregnancy” dominated search phrases in Nigeria. Through JJC, she has several step-children. With JJC Skillz, she gave birth to twin boys in December 2018.
Awards and nominations
|2009||Africa Movie Academy Award||Best Actress Leading Role||Won|
|2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Actress||Jenifa||Won|
|2010||2010 Best of Nollywood Awards||Best Actress in a 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’Mpa||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||Nominated|
|Naija FM Awards||Sitcom Of The Year||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||Won|
|A Trip to Jamaica||Nominated|
|2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Lead Actress||Won|