Funke Akindele


Government Name: Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde

Date of Birth: August 24, 1977

Nationality: Nigerian

Funke is an Nigerian actress born in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. She is the second of three children (two girls and one boy. She 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.

She entered the limelight after starring in the 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 plays the lead character in the ongoing hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Juliana Olayode, Aderounmu Adejumoke, Lolo and more. The show is a spin-off from the movie titled Jenifa.

She is currently married to Abdulrasheed Bello popularly known as JJC Skillz (Nigerian Singer, Producer and Video director). Funke Akindele has an ex-husband; Alhaji Kehinde Almaroof whom it is rumored she divorced in 2013 (a year after their wedding) due to his extra-marital affairs

She runs a non-governmental organisation known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims to nurture talents and provide young people with vocational skills.


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