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Funke Akindele Biography, Net worth in 2021

Popular Naija Actress Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde (popularly known as Funke Akindele /Jenifa )is a Nigerian actress and producer.

Funke starred in tye TV series 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.  


Funke Akindele also 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.

Place of Birth and Date

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.

Awards
Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role 2009

Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

Career

Akindele came into the limelight after starring in popular United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA)-sponsored TV series 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 an unconfirmed reports 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 Jenifa 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 Akindele 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. 

In July 2019, Akindele started a new web series, Aiyetoro Town , a spinoff from her popular TV series, Jenifa’s Diary.

She is the CEO of Scene One Film Production.

She made her directorial debut in 2019 political drama film Your Excellency .

Funke Akindele runs a non-governmental organisation known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims at providing young people with vocational skills.

Endorsements
Funke Akindele has endorsement deals such as her being signed as an Ambassador to Dettol.

Funke Akindele has endorsement deals such as her being signed as an Ambassador to Irokotv .

Also in 2018, she was signed as brand ambassador for Keystone Bank.

In November 2019, she signed an endorsement deal with Waw Nigeria, a company that manufactures detergent and bar soaps.

Funke's Personal life
On May 26, 2012, Akindele married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. But got divorced in July 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. 

Akindele married Nigerian rapper JJC Skillz in London in May 2016.

Her pregnancy rumours were among the top searched results on Google search engine in August 2017.

Akindele gave birth to  twin boys in December 2018 and has several step-children.

Controversies
In April 2020, Akindele was arrested and charged to court after hosting a birthday party in honour of her husband during the period of an imposed lockdown (to tackle coronavirus).

She later appeared in a Nigeria Centre for Disease Control video to raise awareness about coronavirus.

The actress and her husband were sentenced to a 14-day community service after confessing guilty to violating lockdown order.

Net worth.
Funke Akindele is one of the richest actresses in Nigeria. As of 2020, the talented actress and movie producer is worth $3.5 million, she has multiple endorsement deals.

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