Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele, popularly known as Funke Akindele, is a popular Nigerian actress, writer and movie producer who has starred in several movies within and outside the shores.
The’I Need To Know’ actress has won several awards and has been nomited in different categories due to her outstanding perfomances in the Nigerian Film Industry.
She plays the lead character in the tv series ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ for which she was awarded ‘Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).
Funke Akindele Bello, who is the CEO of Scene One Film Production, was born on the 24th of August 1977 (41 years old).
Early Life and Education
Funke Akindele was born on the 24th of August 1977 in Ikorodu, Lagos. She is the second of three children. Her mum is a Medical Doctor while her dad 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 later proceeded for her Law degree from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Yaba.
Funke Akindele Movies and Career
Funke Akindele came into limelight after starring in the popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom ‘I need to know’ tv series which ran from 1998 to 2002, where she played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student.
Funke Akindele’s BIG break came in 2009 when she produced and appeared in the comedy movie ‘Jenifa’
Sometime in January 2018, there was a controversy when it was reported that the beautiful actress would get her Hollywood debut in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity Wars as she listed as one of the casts but was later replaced with Genevieve Nnaji.
In February 2018, it was later reported that the then Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, adviced Marvel Studios to feature Funke Akindele in the movie.
The mother of a set of twin plays the lead character in the ongoing tv series ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, and a host of other talented actors.
Funke Akindele got married to her first husbnd, Adeola Kehinde Oloyede, on the 26th of May, 2012. Citing irreconciliable differences, the couple got divorced in July 2013. The amazing actress later got married to JJC Skills, a talented Nigerian music artist. With JJC Skills, Funke Akindele gave birth to twin boys in December 2018.
Funke Akindele Bello runs a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) known as the Jenifa Foundation. The NGO is targeted at training young people and youth with vocational skills.
The beautiful actress can boast of several endorsement deals such as being an Ambassador to Irokotv. She was also signed as keystone Bank Ambassador in 2018. She was also signed as the Brand Ambassador of Dettol early this year.
Funke Akindele-Bello has been one of the most celebrated actresses and gained world-wide acclaim for her Jenifar character and which was why she was identified by Dettol as being worthy of championing the “Clean Naija” cause.
Funke Akindele Awards and Nominations
Funke Akindele Bello hs won several awards locally and internationally and also be nominated on several occassions by various groups and platforms within and outside the country.
Some of her awards and nominations include;
. Best Actress in a Leading Role by AMAA in 2009 (Won)
. Best Actress by Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2009 (Won)
. Best Actress in a Leading Role by Best of Nollywood Awards in 2010 (Nominated)
. Best Actress by NMA in 2012 (Won)
. Best Actress in a Leading Role by NMA in 2013 (Nominated)
. Best Actress in a Leading Role by NMA in 2014 (Won)
. Best Actress in a Comedy by AMVCA in 2014 (Won)
. Brand Ambassador of the Year by ELOY Awards in 2014
. Best Actress in a Series by NEA in 2014 (Nominated)
. Best Actress in a Comedy and Sitcom of the Year by Naija FM Awards in 2016 (WON)
. Best Actress Africa Collaboration by Ghana Movies Awards in 2016 (Won)
. Best TV Series (Jenifa’s Diary) by AMVCA in 2017 (Won)
. Best Lead Actress by NEA in 2017 (Won)
. Best Actress in a Comedy by AMVCA in 2018 (Won)
Sources: Wikipedia, thenet Nigeria, Biograhy of Funke Akindele