Funke Akindele Bello, popularly known as Jenifa, is a Nigerian actress and producer. Funke Akindele was featured in the drama I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and she was named Africa Movie Academy Award winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2009. She rose to fame as a result of her performance in the film “Jenifa,” from which she got her nickname and the “Omo Ghetto” trilogy.
Funke Akindele is the lead character in the series Jenifa’s Diary, for which she received the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy in 2016.
Profile Summary of Funke Akindele
Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde
August 24, 1977
Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria
|Occupation||Actress, Film Producer|
Early life and education
Funke Akindele was born in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria, on August 24, 1977. Funke Akindele is the second child in a family of three (two girls and one boy). Funke Akindele’s mother is a doctor, while her father is a former school administrator. Funke Akindele graduated from the old Ogun State Polytechnic, currently known as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, with an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication.
Funke Akindele rose to prominence after appearing in the famous United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002. Funke Akindele portrayed Bisi, an inquisitive yet extremely brilliant secondary school student. Funke Akindele’s breakthrough came in 2008 when she starred in the film Jenifa.
In January 2018, it was rumored that Funke Akindele will make her Hollywood debut in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War since she was listed as a cast member on IMDb. According to IMDb, Jenifa is expected to appear in Avengers: Infinity War as the guard Dora Milaje. After a few weeks, her name was changed to that of another Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji, with Funke Akindele’s post shown to be a hoax. Dr. Bukola Saraki, Senate President and Chair of the National Assembly, was reported in February 2018 to have encouraged Marvel Studios to include Akindele in Infinity War.
Funke Akindele claimed in an interview in July 2016 that she was acting less in the Yoruba film industry at the time due to piracy. Akindele co-stars with Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Juliana Olayode, and Aderounmu Adejumoke in the ongoing popular TV program Jenifa’s Diary. The program is based on the film Jenifa. Moms at War is a 2018 comedy film starring Funke Akindele and Omoni Oboli. Funke Akindele launched a new online series, Aiyetoro Town, in July 2019, as a spinoff from her successful TV series, Jenifa’s Diary. She is the founder and CEO of Scene One Film Production.
Her directing debut was in the 2019 political drama film, Your Excellency.
Funke Akindele Marriage
Funke Akindele married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede on May 26, 2012. In July 2013, the couple split, claiming irreconcilable differences. In May 2016, Funke Akindele married Nigerian rapper JJC Skillz in London. In August 2017, her pregnancy rumors were among the top Google search results. Funke Akindele, who has numerous stepchildren, gave birth to twin boys in December 2018.
Funke Akindele Net worth
Funke Akindele is one of Nigeria’s richest actresses. The brilliant actress and movie producer is worth $7.6 million, and she has several endorsement deals, including being an Ambassador for Irokotv.
Keystone Bank hired her as a brand ambassador in 2018. In November 2019, she secured an endorsement agreement with Waw Nigeria, a detergent and bar soap manufacturer.
Funke Akindele Charity initiative
Funke Akindele is the founder of the Jenifa Foundation, a voluntary organization that strives to provide vocational training to young people.
Funke Akindele Jenifa has endorsement deals, such as being appointed a Dettol Ambassador. Funke Akindele has endorsement contracts, such as being named an Irokotv ambassador.  Funke was also named a Keystone Bank brand ambassador in 2018. Funke Akindele secured an endorsement contract with Waw Nigeria, a detergent and bar soap manufacturer, in November 2019.
Funke Akindele was detained and charged in court in April 2020 after holding a birthday celebration in honor of her spouse amid an imposed lockdown (to tackle coronavirus).
She later featured in a film produced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to increase awareness about coronavirus. After pleading guilty to breaching the lockdown order, the actress and her husband were sentenced to 14 days of community service.
Her film ‘Omo Ghetto’ has broken the four-year record of Kemi Adetiba’s film ‘The Wedding Party,’ becoming Nigeria’s highest-grossing film of all time.
In January 2021, the movie has earned N468,036,300, and it is now retaining its number one position for three consecutive weeks.
Funke Akindele has acted in several movies which are listed in alphabetical order:
- Aje Metta
- Anointed Liars
- Apoti Orogun
- Atanpako Meta
- Baye se Nlo
- Bolode O’ku
- Chief Daddy
- Emi Abata
- Ija Ola
- Jenifa’s Diary
- Kakaki ‘leku
- Ladies Gang
- Love Wahala
- Married but Living Single
- Moms at War
- Oba Irawo
- Odun Baku
- Okun Ife Yi
- Omo Ghetto
- Omo Ghetto: The Saga
- Omo Pupa
- Oreke Mulero
- Osuwon Edaf
- Return of Jenifa
- My Siblings And I
- A Trip to Jamaica
- Taiwo Taiwo
- Your Excellency
- Who’s the Boss (2020 film)