Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde (popularly known as Funke Akindele Jenifa, born August 24, 1977 in Ikorodu , Lagos State , Nigeria) 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 .
Funke Akindele also has a TV hit show titled Jenifa. Funke Akindele, was born on August 24, 1976 in ikorodu, Lagos state, Nigeria . She is the second of three children (two sisters and one brother). Her mother is a medical doctor while her father is a retired school principal.
Funke Akindele 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.
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 . Funke Akindele has over a 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer and producer.
Funke Akindele runs a non-governmental Organisation known as THE JENIFA FOUNDATION, whose aims and objectives involves nurturing talents and acquiring vocational skills.
Funke Akindele got married to her first husband a business man and politician named Adeola Kehinde Oyedele on the 26th of May 2012. The marriage was riddled with crisis and eventually broke up after many failed attempts to reconcile on the part of her former husband. She claimed the crisis started just two months into her marriage and she was constantly abused emotionally and mentally. After her divorce from her first husband Funke Akindele managed to pick herself up in the hope that she would find love once again. She received a lot of support from some of her family and friends and even fans during those dark days.
Funke Akindele’s wish was granted, there was a rumour going around that she was dating famous London based producer and musician JJC Skillz whose full name is Abdulrasheed Bello.
JJC Skillz was born in Kano State but had spent most of his life in London where he built his career as one of the best producers and musicians of his time.
The fact that Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz were dating remained a rumour as the actress decided to keep mute about it, until their wedding was announced in the first half of 2016.
Funke Akindele has a lot of endorsement deals to her name, the most recently is her being signed as Ambassador to Iroko TV. Awards and nominations
Africa Movie Academy Award
Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2009 Jenifa Best Actress Leading Role Won and so many more