Funke Akindele Biography:Age, Husband, Children, Movies, Net Worth

Who is Funke Akindele?

Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde (born August 24, 1977) is a gifted Nigerian film actress, businesswoman, and producer who is more commonly known by the names Funke Akindele and Jenifa. 

From 1998 to 2002, she was a cast member on the sitcom I Need to Know. In 2009, she was honored with the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. 

Her role in the film Jenifa propelled her to prominence and garnered her the moniker Jenifa. Due to the Omo Ghetto trilogy, her notoriety increased.

Funke Akindele was awarded the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her performance as the protagonist in the show Jenifa’s Diary.

Her sibling count is three; two of her siblings are females and one is boy. Her father is a retired school principal, whereas her mother is a physician. Additionally, sister Abimbola Maria Akindele is her sibling.


Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele
Full Name: Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde
Stage Name: Funke Akindele
Born: 24 August 1976 (age 47 years old)
Place of Birth: Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria
State Of Origin: Lagos State
Nationality: Nigerian
Height: 1.68 m
Parents: N/A
Siblings: Abimbola Maria Akindele
Husband • Spouse: JJC (m. 2016), Kehinde Oloyede (m. 2012–2013)
Boyfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Tamira Bello, Benito Bello, Josiah Bello
Occupation: Actress • TV Personality
Net Worth: US$3.5 million

Where did Funke Akindele schooled?

Akindele Funke was a student at Grace Children School in Gbagada, Lagos State. An Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication was awarded to her by Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, formerly Ogun State Polytechnic. A law degree was bestowed upon her by the University of Lagos.


Funke Akindele rose to prominence after starring from 1998 to 2002 in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know. She portrayed Bisi, an intelligent and inquisitive secondary school pupil.  Funke Akindele’s breakthrough performance was in the 2008 film Jenifa.

A controversy erupted in January 2018 when it was  reported that Funke Akindele, who was listed as a cast member on IMDb, would make her Hollywood debut in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.

Citing IMDb, the mainstream Nigerian press reported that Jenifa was scheduled to portray the guard Dora Milaje in Infinity War. Following several weeks passed, Genevieve Nnaji, a fellow Nigerian actress, assumed her position; Funke Akindele’s upload was deemed tainted. 

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The Senate President and chair of the National Assembly, Dr. Bukola Saraki, advised Marvel Studios in February 2018 to include Funke Akindele in Infinity War.

During an interview in July 2016, Funke Akindele lamented the decline of her involvement in the Yoruba film industry as a result of piracy.

In the ongoing hit television series Jenifa’s Diary, Funke Akindele portrays the primary character alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Juliana Olayode, and Aderounmu Adejumoke. 

It is an offshoot of the motion picture Jenifa. In the 2018 comedy Moms at War, Omoni Oboli and Funke Akindele star. 

Funke Akindele debuted Aiyetoro Town, a derivative of her popular television series Jenifa’s Diary, on the Internet in July 2019. She represents Scene One Film Production as its CEO. In 2019, she debuted as a director with the political drama film Your Excellency.

Private Life

Funke Akindele entered into matrimony with Adeola Kehinde Oloyede on May 26, 2012. In July 2013, the couple separated on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.  In May 2016, Funke Akindele wed Nigerian rapper JJC Skillz in London. 

Funke Akindele is the parent of three children, including her identical, Tamira Bello, Benito Bello, and Josiah Bello.

In August 2017, her pregnancy speculations ranked among the most-searched results on the Google search engine. Since December 2018, when she gave birth to twin boys, Funke Akindele has amassed a number of stepchildren.

Charity Initiative 

The Jenifa Foundation, a non-governmental organization directed by Funke Akindele, endeavors to impart vocational skills to young individuals.


Funke Akindele has signed endorsement agreements, including Dettol and Irokotv ambassadorships.

She was appointed brand ambassador for Keystone Bank in 2018. 

She entered into an endorsement agreement with Waw Nigeria, a manufacturer of detergent and bar soap, in November 2019.


  • Maami
  • Maku
  • Married but Living Single
  • Moms at War
  • Oba Irawo
  • Odun Baku
  • Okun Ife Yi
  • Omo Ghetto
  • Omo Ghetto: The Saga
  • Omo Pupa
  • Oreke Mulero
  • Return of Jenifa
  • Agbefo
  • Aje Metta
  • Akandun
  • Anointed Liars
  • Apaadi
  • Apoti Orogun
  • Atanpako Meta
  • Baye se Nlo
  • Bolode O’ku
  • Chief Daddy
  • Dwindle
  • Edunjobi
  • Egun
  • Emi Abata
  • Farayola
  • Ija Ola
  • Industreet
  • Isoken
  • Jenifa
  • Jenifa’s Diary
  • Kakaki ‘leku
  • Kòséfowórà
  • Ladies Gang
  • Love Wahala
  • Moms at War
  • Oba Irawo
  • Odun Baku
  • Okun Ife Yi
  • Omo Ghetto
  • Omo Ghetto: The Saga
  • Omo Pupa
  • Oreke Mulero
  • Osuwon Edaf
  • Return of Jenifa
  • My Siblings And I
  • A Trip to Jamaica
  • Taiwo Taiwo
  • Your Excellency
  • Who’s the Boss (2020 film)

Awards and Nominations

  • 2009 Africa Movie Academy Award Best Actress Leading Role
  • 2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress
  • 20102010 Best of Nollywood AwardsB est Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba)
  • 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress
  • Nollywood Movie Awards Best Actress (Indigenous)
  • Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress(English)
  • Zulu African Film Academy Awards Best Actress
  • 2013 Nollywood Movies AwardsBest Actress (Leading Role) Best Actress (Indigenous)
  • 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress (Leading Role) 
  • Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress (Comedy)
  • ELOY Awards Brand Ambassador of the Year
  • 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress In Comedy Role
  • Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Series
  • Naija FM Awards Sitcom Of The Year 
  • Best Actress in Comedy
  • Africa Entertainment Legend Awards Best Actress of the Year
  • 2016 Ghana Movies Awards Best Actress Africa Collaboration
  • 2017Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best TV Series
  • Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Series
  • 2017 Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Lead Actress
  • 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
  • Best Actress in a comedy(Moms At War)
  • 2021 Net Honours
  • Most Popular Actress
  • Most Searched Actress
  • Africa Movie Academy Award
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role(Omo Ghetto: The Saga)

Net Worth 

At present, Funke Akindele, a highly skilled actress and producer, has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million. She is among the most affluent Nigerian actresses. Funke Akindele has endorsement agreements, including one with Irokotv as an ambassador.  

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Funke Akindele’s House

Funke Akindele’s house
Funke Akindele’s house

The location of Funke Akindele’s new residence is Amen Estate, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos state, Nigeria. Bilingualism and business magnate Babatunde Gbadamosi is the proprietor of the expansive Amen Estate.

Funke’s recently acquired domicile ‘Afin’ is the designation denoting the architectural design. Detached in nature, this mansion features seven bedrooms, sunny terraces, and casement windows.

Elegant POP ceilings, finest porcelain and granite floor tiles, a completely fitted kitchen with granite worktops, fitted wardrobes, a Jacuzzi steam bath with shower in the elegant master bedroom bath, and numerous other luxury features are featured in this residence.

Funke Akindele Cars 

Funke Akindele and one of her car's
Funke Akindele and one of her car’s

On April 16, 2021, Funke Akindele informed her followers via Instagram that the Lexus 570 sport utility vehicle (SUV) in question is a SuperSport model. This is excellent news. Its exterior design and enhanced, plush interiors distinguish it unmistakably from the base SUV.

Bentley began marketing the Bentley Continental GT, a five-door, midsize, front-wheel-drive luxury crossover, with the 2016 model year. Volkswagen Zwickau-Mosel produces the body, which is subsequently painted by Paintbox Editions in Banbury before being assembled at the Crew facility.

The vehicle has a zero-to-60 mph acceleration time of 3.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 190 miles per hour (306 km/h); it can reach 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

  • MSRP: From $261,274
  • Horsepower: 630 hp
  • MPG: 13 cities / 18 highways
  • Engine: 5.2 L V10
  • Fuel tank capacity: 21.1 gal

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