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Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde, widely called  Funke Akindele, is a famous Nigerian actress. Funke’s first role in a movie was in Unclad Wire (1997). The film was produced by Opa Williams and the star played a waitress.

Funke became famous after featuring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom, I Need To Know. She played Bisi, a curious but very bright secondary school student. The sitcom ran for 4 years, 1998 to 2001.

She was bestowed with Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2009.  Funke Akindele also has a TV hit show titled Jenifa.

Early life:

Born August 24, 1976 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria, Funke is the second of three children. She has a sister as well as a brother. Her mother is a medical practitioner while her dad is a retired school principal.


Funke schooled at former Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, where she obtained Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication. The super star is also a graduate of Law from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.


On May 26, 2012 Funke tied the marriage knot with her special other Mr. Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. She divorced him in July 2013, alleging irreconcilable difference for her separation from Mr. Oloyede (now ex-husband).


Funke came to limelight after featuring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom; I NEED TO KNOW, which ran from 1998 to 2001. She played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. In, 2009,  Funke Akindele featured in the movie not just as an actress, but also as a writer and producer.

Charity Initiative

Funke Akindele is the founder of a non-governmental Organisation called  THE JENIFA FOUNDATION. The initiative aims to nurture talents and improve vocational skills.


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


As the main protagonist in the film Jenifa, she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in Leading Role for her role as Jenifa in 2008. She has since won numerous other awards like the Best Actress, Comedy for her role in her movie, “Jenifa’s Diary” at the 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards, AMVCA.