Funke Akindele Bello is a Nigerian actress, movie writer, and producer. Funke starred in the sitcom I Need to Know from 1998 to 2002, and in 2009 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
She plays the lead character in the show Jenifa’s Diary, for which she was named Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Funkee has over 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer, and producer.
Early life and education
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 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.
Akindele came into the limelight after starring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002. Funke played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. Funke Akindele’s big break came in 2008 when she appeared in the movie Jenifa.
In January 2018, there was a controversy when it was reported that Akindele would get her Hollywood debut in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War as she was listed as a member of the cast on IMDb. Mainstream Nigerian press reported that she was set to star in Infinity War as the guard Dora Milaje, citing IMDb. Some weeks later her name was replaced with that of fellow Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji, with Akindele’s upload shown to have been a hack.
In February 2018, it was reported that Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr. Bukola Saraki has advised Marvel Studios to feature Akindele in Infinity War.
In July 2016, in an interview, she stated she was acting less in the Yoruba film industry at that time because of piracy. Akindele plays the lead character in the ongoing hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Juliana Olayode, and Aderounmu Adejumoke. The show is a spin-off from the movie Jenifa. The 2018 comedy film Moms at War stars Akindele and Michelle Dede. She is the CEO of Scene One Film Production.
Funke Akindele runs a non-governmental organization known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims at providing young people with vocational skills.
Funke Akindele has endorsement deals such as her being signed as an Ambassador to Irokotv. Also in 2018, she was signed as a brand ambassador for Keystone Bank.
Family and Personal life
On May 26, 2012, Akindele married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. Citing irreconcilable differences, the couple divorced in July 2013.
Akindele married Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello, known as JJC Skillz, in London in May 2016.
Google said that for the week of August 2017, “Funke Akindele pregnancy” dominated search phrases in Nigeria. Through JJC, she has several step-children. With JJC Skillz, she gave birth to twin boys in December 2018.
Awards and Nominations
2009: Africa Movie Academy Award
Nigerian Entertainment Awards for best actress (Jenifa).
2012: Nigerian Entertainment awards best actress ( Troj)
Nollywood Movies Awards for best actress (Emi abata)
Zulu African Film Academy Awards for best actress (Maami and the return of Jenifa)
2013: Nollywood Movies Awards for best actress, indigenous (Maami)
2014: Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Actress in lead role (Agnetta O’Mpa).
Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best Actress, Comedy (Return of Sheri Koko respectively ).
ELOY Awards for Brand Ambassador of the Year (Omo detergent)
2016: Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for best actress in Comedy Role (Jenifa’s Diary)
Naija FM awards for sitcom of the year and best actress in a comedy (Jenifa’s Diary).
In the same year, she also won the Africa Entertainment Legend Awards for Best Actress of the Year (Jenifa’s Diary)
Ghana Movies Awards for Best Actress Africa Collaboration ( A trip to Jamaica).
2017: Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best TV Series (Jenifa’s Diary).
Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Lead Actress ( A trip to Jamaica)
List of Funke Akindele’s Movies
Funke Akindele has featured in many Nigerian films both in the Yoruba and English speaking movies.
Here’s a list of Movies featuring Funke Akindele
Final whistle 1&2
Atlanta 1& 2
Ojo Ketala 1&2
OKun Ife Yi
OmopupaTaiwo Taiwo 1&2
Aje Meta 1&2
Ija Ola 1&2
Iro fun fun
Anointed Liars 1&2
Ladies Gang 1&2
Blood is Money
A trip to Jamaica