Biography of Funke Akindele
Funke 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 Akindele Early Life, Education
Funke Akindele’s full name is Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele Bello. She was born and raised in Ikorodu, as the second child of three children. Her mother is a medical doctor while her father is a retired school principal. The 44-year-old actress hails from Ikorodu, Lagos State. She lost her father in December 2019.
What did Funke Akindele study in school? Did Funke Akindele attend Law school? Funke attended Grace Children School, Gbagada for her primary school education before proceeding to Lagos State Model College, Igbo-Okuta for her secondary education. She first obtained an Ordinary National Diploma Degree (OND) in Mass Communication from Ogun State Polytechnic, now called “Moshood Abiola Polytechnic” before earning a Law Degree from the University of Lagos.
Funke Akindele Career
How long has Funke Akindele acted? Funke Akindele started her acting career in 1998 at the age of 21, starring as “Bisi” in the United Nations Population Fund-sponsored sitcom”I Need to Know”. She starred in the sitcom from 1998 to 2002, playing the role of a curious but smart secondary school girl.
Her 2008 self-produced movie “Jenifa” shot her to the limelight and earned her the nickname “Jenifa”. Her movie “Omo Ghetto” also contributed to her fame. She released the sequel to the movie in 2020, titled “Omo Ghetto: The Saga”.
Following the success of her 2008 “Jenifa” movie, Funke launched a TV series titled “Jenifa’s Diary” as a sequel to the movie. She also launched a web series titled “Aiyetoro Town” in July 2019. The actress debuted as a director in 2019 with the movie “Your Excellency”.
Funke Akindele has starred in over 300 movies since the launch of her career in 1998. She has also signed endorsement deals with several big brands, including Kelloggs, Molfix, Dettol, Keystone Bank, Western Lotto, Iroko TV, amongst others.
Funke Akindele Awards
Funke Akindele rose to prominence in 2002 after featuring in United Nations Population Fund sponsored sitcom television series titled “I Need to Know” in which she played the role of Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. The television series which ran from 1998 to 2002 earned her a nomination for Best New Act to Watch at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
In 2009, Funke Akindele became a public figure after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Jenifa” a movie that gave her the nickname Jenifa and won her an award for Best Comic Actress in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
In 2013, Funke Akindele won the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Indigenous Actress at the Nollywood Movies Awards. In 2014, she won two awards which include Best Actress (Comedy) at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Brand Ambassador of the Year at the Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards.
In 2016, she won three awards which include Best Actress in Comedy at the Naija FM Awards, Best Actress of the Year at the Africa Entertainment Legends Awards and Best Actress in Africa at the Ghana Movie Awards. In 2017, she won three awards which include Best TV Series at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Actress in a Comedy Movie and TV Series at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Best Lead Actress in Nigeria at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
In 2010, she won the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba) at the Best of Nollywood Awards. In 2012, she won four awards which include Best Indigenous Actress at the Nollywood Movies Awards, Best Actress at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Best Actress (English) at the Best of Nollywood Awards and Best Actress at the Zulu African Film Academy Awards.
Funke Akindele Marriag, Wedding
How many Husband has Funke Akindele Married to? Funke Akindele has been married three times. She married to JJC Skillz, a Nigerian singer, actor and film director. The couple got married in a private wedding ceremony in London in May 2016 and their union is blessed with a set of twins.
The couple had met in 2013 when Funke needed a director for her comedy series, “Jenifa’s Diary”. They both kept the relationship on the low for a while since they were both public figures and divorcees.
Funke Akindle and JJC Skillz have been married for over five years now and their union has been peaceful without any major drama or controversy until JJC Skillz announced it was over.
It was shocking news for the lovers of Funke Akindele and her ex-husband Abdul Bello popularly known JJC Skillz as the latter announced that things have been really difficult for them and they have both separated. JJC made the announcement on his official Instagram page.
Funke Akindele First Marriage
Funke Akindele a.k.a Jenifa was once married to Lagos politician Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede a.k.a Kenny Doo before things turned sour between them and they divorced.
She was also at one time speculated to be having an affair with her colleague Femi Adebayo but the rumours later turned out to be false as both parties made it known that they are just friends who share a good working relationship.
Funke Akindele’s ex-husband, JJC Skillz
JJC Skillz would have been the current husband of Funke Akindele’s but they got divorced in 2022 for a reason out of public interest. He is a songwriter, rapper, and producer. His full name is Abdul-Rasheed Bello. He was born on April 4, 1977, in Kano. He left Nigeria for the UK at the age of 14 and returned after about 25 years. He studied TV and Video Production in a school in the UK.
JJC Skillz rose to fame after he released the hit single “We Are Africans”. He released his debut album “Atide” in December 2004. He created an African supergroup called JJC and the 419 Squad. He started his career at the age of 16 and one of his biggest production projects was with Big Brovaz.
His name JJC is an acronym for “Johnny Just Come” and he is a proud father of three children from three different women before he got married to Funke and fathered a set of twin boys with her. His first baby mama is Taiye Fajemisin and the mother of his oldest daughter, Tamira.
Some of his notable songs are “Eru”, ” My Life”, “Save The Last Dance”, ” African S.K.A.N.K”
Funke Akindele First Husband
Funke Akindele was previously married to Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede, a Nigerian politician and businessman, but their marriage ended after barely one year together.
The ex-lovers had gotten married on May 26, 2012, when Funke was in her mid-thirties. Their marriage lasted for about a year before they divorced in July 2013, citing irreconcilable differences.
According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Funke learned about the end of her marriage via a phone call while on a movie set. The crashed marriage led to her losing a lot of endorsement deals but the actress made it known that she didn’t allow that to weigh her down.
The actress made it known during a chit-chat with Chude Jideonwo that she had rushed into the marriage with Almaroof due to societal pressure and the desire to get married and have children.
Her divorce from Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede was quite messy as he was alleged to have been married traditionally to another woman before he married Funke. It was also said that he had baby mamas before meeting Funke and was also accused of cheating while with the actress.
Funke Akindele Twins
One year after her miscarriage, Funke and JJC Skillz welcomed twin boys into the world. Funke gave birth to the boys in Los Angeles, USA, in December 2018.
According to reports, the twins were allegedly born through a surrogate. Funke reportedly opted for surrogacy after her 2017 miscarriage and other failed attempts to fall pregnant via costly IVF treatments. The Actress Funke Akindele twins name are Zack and Zion.
Funke Akindele net worth
Funke Akindele has an estimated Net Worth of over $7.6 million. She is one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria.
Her major source of wealth is from her many high-grossing Box office movies, TV series called Jennifer’s Diary, and various multi-million dollar endorsement deals. The actress’ popularity has earned her endorsement deals with big brands like Dettol and Keystone Bank.