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


Funke Akindele got married to Producer and Director JJC on 2015, and the couple got their first child, a set of twins 2019.



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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