This article contains Funke Akindele’s biography and net worth including everything you need to know about her; her career, awards, and family.
Akindele Bello Olufunke Ayotunde whose most fans and followers know as Funke Akindele or Jenifa is a talented Nollywood actress, producer, and lawyer. Funke Akindele who is currently 43 years old is married to a Nigerian rapper, JJC Skillz with two boys(twin).
Continue reading Funke Akindele’s biography to learn more about the talented actress, lifestyle, and history.
Family Background and Education
Akindele Bello Olufunke Ayotunde who is popularly known as Jenifa or Funke Akindele was born on August 24th in 1997 in Lagos State. She is the 2nd child of 3 children born by her parents. Her mother is a retired medical doctor while her father is a School Principal.
Jenifa as fondly called by fans attended Moshood Abiola Polytechnic where she bagged OND in mass communication. She later attended the University of Lagos where she studied Law.
Funke Akindele is known for her role as Bisi in the sitcom I Need to Know TV show sponsored by the United Nation which aired from 1998 to 2012. She becomes so popular after the TV show. She later released another TV show, Jenifa’s diary which makes her widely known and makes her fame rose like a fire. In 2016, she got an award for the movie as the Best Actress in a Comedy at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards(AMVCA).
Since then, she has acted in many movies ranging from Omo Ghetto, Iru Oka, A Trip to Jamaica, Mom at War and so many others. In 2019, Funke Akindele made her first directorial movie titled Your Excellency.
Due to Funke’s fame, she has bagged many ambassadors deal with different brands including Dettol, Iroko TV, Keystone Bank, WAW Nigeria, Vitafoam, Western lottery, and so many others.
Apart from being an award-winning actress, Funke is the CEO and Founder of Scene One Production; a movie production firm and Scene One acting School of Drama where upcoming dancers and actress learn the required ropes. She also owns an NGO, Jenifa Foundation where she gives back to society.
Family and Relationship
One of the most controversial areas of Funke Akindele’s biography is her marriage and dating lifestyle. Funke has been in two marriages in which one is unsuccessful while she is currently in the other.
She was married to Kehinde Oloyede in May 2012, before they both get divorced citing an irreconcilable difference in 2013. In 2016, she got married to JJC Skillz who she is currently married to in London. She has two boys(twin) in the marriage even though it was widely rumored it’s through surrogacy.
Apart from being a mother, she’s also a step-mum to her husband 3 Kids(Tamora, Benmo, Josiah) from her past relationships.
Awards and Recognition
Without mentioning the awards and recognitions won, Funke Akindele’s biography won’t be completed. Below is the list of her awards.
- 2009 Africa Movie Academy Awards as Best Actress in a leading role
- 2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards as the Best Actress in Nigeria
- 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards as the Best Yoruba Actress in a Leading Role
- 2012 Nollywood Movies Awards as the Best IndigenousActress
- 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards as the Best Actress
- 2012 Zulu African Film Academy Awards as the Best Actress
- 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards as the Best English Actress.
Being one of the top paid actress and a celebrity, Funke Akindele has had her share of controversy.
After she got divorced from her first husband, it was rumored it was a result of her inability to give birth with the constant miscarriages. She has also been accused of maltreating her workers both physically and emotionally.
She also trended on social media for being part of the Avengers Infinity War crew. It was later discovered to be a rumor as it was Genevieve Nnaji, another actress who did.
In April 2020, Funke was arrested with her husband and a notable guest that attended the party she throws for her husband’s birthday. This was so because it was during the lockdown when a birthday and crowd party is frowned upon. She was later sentenced with her husband to 14 days of community service with her appearing in the Nigeria Center for Disease Control(NCDC) video to raise awareness about COVID-19.
Funke Akindele’s Net Worth
Funke Akindele is one of the top paid actresses in the Nollywood industry. She has a house in Ibeju Lekki in Lagos state with many luxurious cars including Bentley Continental GT, Toyota Prado SUV, Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls Royce Vintage, and so many others.
Taking into consideration all her endorsement deals, assets, Funke Akindele net worth is estimated to be worth $3.5 million
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