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Funke Akindele Biography: ‘From A Failed Marriage To An Veteran Actress’

Funke Akindele Profile


Funke akindele biography
Funke akindele
FULL NAME Funke Akindele Bello
AGE 44 years (2021)
D.OB 24th August, 1977
STATE OF ORIGIN  Ikorodu, Lagos State
TRIBE Yourba
RELIGION Christanity
CAREER Actress and Entrepreneur
Funke Akindele

Funke Akindele; is a Nigerian actress, screenwriter, producer, and businesswoman.

She is mostly known as ‘Jenifa,’ a character she portrayed in the film titled; Jenifa. She made a name for herself in the Nigerian entertainment business by lovingly portraying her parts, which she has expanded to include her own soap opera, Jenifa’s Dairy.

Nollywood Actress, Funke Akindele Background

Funke Akindele was born in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on August 24, 1977.

She received her basic and secondary education at Grace Children Schools in Gbagada and Lagos State Model College in Igbo-kuta, respectively.


Funke has a law degree from the University of Lagos, and an OND in mass communication from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Ogun State.

On May 26, 2012, Funke married; Adeola Kehinde Oloyede, and the couple divorced in July 2013 due to irreconcilable reasons. In May of 2016, she remarried Abdul Resheed Bello, also known as JJC Skillz, in London.

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Funke Akindele’s Career



Despite her legal training; Jenifa chose to pursue a career in acting. We can all agree that acting comes naturally to her. Naked Wire, in which she played a waitress, was one of her first films.

Her rise to fame began when she starred in the famous TV series titled “I Need to Know” which ran from 1998 to 2002 and featured a curious but smart secondary school student. “I Need to Know” series is a sitcom produced by the “United Nations” Population Fund to educate the public on the challenges that teens experience as they grow up.

Funke has appeared in; written, and produced numerous Nollywood films, particularly Yoruba films, and has a long list of box office hits to her credit. ‘Maami, Iru’ ‘Oka (Cobra’s Tail)’, ‘Omo Ghetto’, ‘Ojo Ketala’ (13thDay), and A Trip to Jamaica are some of her best-known films.

Funke Akindele had her breakthrough as the lead in the comedy-drama film titled; Jenifa, in which she played a “local girl” from the village who moved to Lagos in search of a “better” life. The film was not only enjoyable and hilarious, but it was also a huge hit, and she did an excellent job of capitalizing on the opportunity.

Jenifa was the inspiration for her ongoing TV show Jenifa’s Diary. Jenifa’s Diary has become a household name in most Nigerian homes, with great musicians such as Lota Chukwu, Folarin Falana (Falz Da Bad Guy), and Lolo, an OAP and TV personality among its cast.

Other Business Interests of Funke Akindele

Funke is not only a talented actress, but also a savvy businesswoman. Scene One School of Drama, which she owns, is an acting school.

The Scene One School of Drama educates aspiring actors, producers, and dancers how to hone their skills and excel in their chosen fields. Traditional and contemporary dance, music, introduction to drama, etiquette and manners, and many other courses are available at the school.

Scene One Production is run by Funke Akindele, who is also the CEO. Scene One Creation is a television station and film content production firm, Scene One Productions also offers a website, named; ‘’, as well as a mobile app where you can view TV shows, Nollywood movies, TV shows, and music.

She has a slew of endorsement deals with a variety of companies. Lagos State Inland Revenue Service, Iroko TV, Vitafoam, Western Lotto, Sports betting company 1960 Bet, and others are among the brands. She signed a new endorsement arrangement with Keystone Bank, a financial institution, in late August 2018.

Wedding of Funke Akindele

Funke akindele biography

Adeola Kehinde Oloyede was Funke Akindele’s first husband. In May 2012, the former lovers tied the marriage, but in July 2013, they called it quits. The breakdown of their marriage was attributed to irreconcilable reasons.

The wedding of Funke Akindele was one of Nigeria’s major news items in 2016. In a secret ceremony in London; the actress married Nigerian rapper; Abdul Rasheed ‘JJC Skillz’ Bello. Only close relatives and friends where present, many of Funke’s admirers were unaware of the wedding until it was announced on social media

In August of this year, Funke and JJC Skillz celebrated their third wedding anniversary. Funke shared a nice video of some of their favorite moments together on Instagram. The video was also posted by JJC Skillz.   Funke akindele biography

Funke Akindele’s net worth.

Funke Akindele is estimated; to have a net worth of $4 million USD (1.5 billion Naira). She is not only one of Nollywood’s most successful actress, but also an entrepreneur.

She is the founder and CEO of SceneOne TV, a production firm and streaming service known for episodes including Jenifa’s Diary. Scene One School of Drama, which Funke owns, is an acting school.

Her many blockbusters, Jennifer’s Diary TV series, and various multi-million-dollar endorsement deals are her main sources of wealth. Because of her popularity and talent, the actress has landed endorsement partnerships with major businesses such as Dettol and Keystone Bank.

Achievements of Funke Akindele

  • 2009 Best Actress Leading Role at Africa Movie Academy Awards
  • Best Actress at Nigerian Entertainment Awards
  • 2012 Best Actress at Nollywood Movies Awards
  • Best Actress at Zulu African Film Academy Awards
  • 2013 Best Actress (Indigenous) at Nollywood Movies Awards
  • 2014 Best Actress (Comedy) at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards
  • Brand Ambassador of the Year at ELOY Awards
  • Best Actress (Leading Role) at Nigerian Entertainment Awards
  • 2016 Best Actress in Comedy at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards
  • Sitcom of the Year at Naija FM Awards
  • Best Actress Africa Collaboration @ Ghana Movies Awards
  • Best Actress of the Year at Africa Entertainment Legend Awards
  • 2017 Best Actress in Comedy Movies at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards
  • Best Lead Actress at Nigerian Entertainment Awards

Funke Akindele Blockbusters

  1. Apaadi (2009)
  2. Maami (2011)
  3. Married but Living Single (2012)
  4. A trip to Jamaica (2016)
  5. Industreet (2017)
  6. Isoken (2017)
  7. Moms at War (2018)
  8. Omoge Ghetto


Q. Where is Funke akindele State Of Origin?

A. She was born and bred in  Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Q. Does Funke akindele have a child?

A. According to a pregnancy rumor, which sparkled reactions on social media, the actress is believed to have welcomed twin boys in December 2018 for JJC skillz.

Q. Who is Funke akindele real husband?

A. According to reports the actress was once married to Kehinde Oloyede in 2012 which they divorced few months after, but presently she is married to a Nigerian rapper JJC Skills.

Q. How old is funke akindele?

A. She is 44 years old (2021).

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