Complete Funke Akindele’s Biography 

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.

Early life

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.

Charity Initiative

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 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

Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards

Year Nominee/Work Award Result

2014 The Return Of Sheri

koko Best Actress Comedy Role Won

2016 Jenifa’s diary Best Actress In Comedy Role Won

Nigeria Entertainment Awards

Year Nominee/Work Award Result

2009 Jenifa Best actress Won

2012 Troj Best Actress Won


On May 26, 2012 Funke got married to husband Mr. Adeola Kehinde

Oloyede.  A year later in July 2013, she got divorced citing

irreconcilable difference for her separation from Mr. Oloyede (now




Year Film Role Note

2000 Final Whistle

2000 Final Whistle 2

2004 Atlanta

2004 Atlanta 2

2005 Agbara ife

2005 13th Day: Ojo ketala

2005 13th Day: Ojo ketala 2

2006 Osuwon eda

2006 Odun baku Moji

2006 Kosefowora

2006 Agbefo

2006 Agbefo 2

2007 Okun ife yi Bimpe

2007 Oba irawo

2007 Maku

2007 Egun

2007 Edunjobi

2007 Edunjobi 2

2007 Baye se nlo

2007 Akandu

2008 Taiwo Taiwo

2008 Taiwo Taiwo 2

2008 Omo pupa

2008 Kakai leku

2008 Jenifa Jenifa

2008 Atanpako meta

2008 Apoti orogun

2008 Aje meta Omolayo

2008 Aje meta 2 Omolayo

2009 Iro funfun

2009 Ija ola

2009 Ija ola 2

2009 Farayola Oyinkansola

2009 Anointed Liars

2009 Annointed Liars 2

2011 Ladies Gang Samantha

2011 Ladies Gang 2 Samantha

2011 Maami Maami

2011 New Horizons

2013 Blood is Money


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