Biography Profile: Funke Akindele

Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde (popularly known as Funke Akindele, born August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian actress. 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.


Born Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde
Birth Date / Age August 24, 1977 (age 42)
Birth Place Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria
Other Names Jenifa, Sulia Kan
Residence Lagos State, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Gender Female
Spouse(s) Adeola Kehinde Oloyede
(m. 2012 div. 2013),
JJC Skillz (m. 2016)
Children 2
Relationship Status Married
  • Actress
  • Film Producer
  • director
  • businesswoman
  • MC
Years Active 1998 — present
Associated Acts
Parents Mr. & Mrs. Akindele
Religion Christianity
Languages Yoruba, English
Education Mass Communication, Law
Alma mater Moshood Abiola Polytechnic
University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.
Net Worth $1.4 million
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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. The movie first started up with Jenifa 1 & 2, Return of Jenifa and now to Jenifa’s Diary

Early life and education

Akindele was born on August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. She is the second of three children (two girls and one boy). Her mother is a medical doctor while her father is a retired school principal. 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.


Akindele entered the limelight after starring 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 when she appeared in the movie Jenifa written by herself. Funke Akindele has over 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer, and producer.

Charity initiative

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


Funke Akindele has a lot of endorsement deals to her name, the most recent is her being signed as Ambassador to Irokotv.

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.

Funke Akindele Net Worth

Funke Akindele Bello is recently reported to be worth an Estimated of $1.4 Million as of July 2018.

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