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About

Funke Akindele is a seasoned actress who got to the pinnacle of Nollywood. She is fondly known as "Jenifa", the name of the film that made her a household name in 2008. She has since appeared in several blockbuster movies like "Moms At War" and "Chief Daddy". Funke stepped behind the scenes as a producer, director and scriptwriter and is behind the highest-grossing film in Nigeria. There's still more about Funke Akindele that you'll find out in this biography.

Personal Life

Funke Akindele whose real name is Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde-Bello was born on 24 August 1977 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. Funke Akindele’s father, Godwin Olusoji Akindele, who died in 2019 was a retired school principal and her mother is a medical doctor. 

Is Funke Akindele a twin?

Funke Akindele has three siblings, one brother named Poga Akindele and two sisters named Olubunmi Esther and Abimbola Maria Akindele. Contrary to popular belief, Esther Olubunmi is not Funke Akindele’s twin sister even though they share a striking resemblance. 

The same can be said about Funke Akindele’s elder sister Abimbola who is largely based in the United Kingdom where she’s worked as a senior solicitor for Roche’s pharmaceutical operations. Funke Akindele’s brother works in Nollywood as an actor and film director. 

Funke Akindele’s Schooling 

Funke Akindele’s educational background reflects the fact she comes from a highly-educated family. She attended Grace Children School Gbagada and Lagos State Model College. Funke Akindele then joined Moshood Abiola Polytechnic where she acquired an Ordinary National Diploma in mass communication. Funke Akindele went back to school and graduated with a law degree from the University of Lagos. 

Funke Akindele’s Career

Is Funke Akindele a lawyer?

No one doubts Funke Akindele’s academic credentials. After all, she holds a degree in law but when it comes to her career, she had other ideas despite her late father’s desire for her to practise law. 

Funke Akindele traded her robes and gown for the screen. Her first stint in the industry was in Opa Williams's production “Unclad Wire” in which Funke Akindele played the role of a waitress. It was not until she was featured in the series “I Need To Know” funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) that Funke Akindele’s name caught waves in Nollywood circles. She portrayed the role of Bisi, an intelligent high school student between 1998 and 2002. 

Funke hoped that this would be the start of a high-flying Nollywood career. Unfortunately, she got minor roles in films such as “Final Whistle”, “Egg of Life”, and “Kadiri Mi” which couldn’t allow her to compete with seasoned actors in the industry. Funke Akindele’s turn of fortunes arrived in 2008 when she was cast in a Yoruba film titled “Jenifa” in which she played the role of a comedian. The film became a hit, elevated Funke AKindele’s profile in Nollywood and she even goes by the name Jenifa.

The following year, Funke Akindele bagged multiple awards like the Best Actress at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and the Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Award.       

Funke Akindele’s engagement with Jenifa didn’t end there as she’s featured in two other sequels of the show and became part of its production team. Since then, Funke Akindele’s name has been credited in some blockbuster films in the country like “30 Days in Atlanta” which achieved record sales after its release in 2016 and was named the Best Cinema Film in the same year at the Africa Entertainment Legends Awards (AELA). “Moms At War” and “Chief Daddy” are the other highly-rated films Funke Akindele was cast. The former cashed in a cool 40 million Naira which is the equivalent of $96,000. 

Funke Akindele in avengers

In 2018, news filtered through that Funke Akindele would be part of Hollywood’s comic film Avengers Infinity War after her name appeared on the cast list. However, this didn’t come to pass as Funke Akindele’s name was absent days later from the cast list for undisclosed reasons. Despite reports from mainstream media, Funke Akindile didn’t confirm nor denied the news. 

Behind the scene

Funke Akindele might have achieved her dream of becoming a Nollywood star actress but she still reached out for more. She took roles behind the camera and is now a director, producer and scriptwriter. Funke Akindele’s first film as a director “Your Excellency” was screened in 2019 and is estimated to have made 186 million nairas, an equivalent of $44,000.

That’s not all. Funke Akindele is the brains behind the highest-grossing film in Nigeria, “Omo Ghetto: The Saga” which she produced, wrote and directed. How much did it make? Well, 636 million nairas, an equivalent of $1.5 million. 

SceneOne Productions

It’s befitting for someone with Funke Akindele’s experience to go on and launch her own production company and even film school. Together with her husband Abdul Rasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz, Funke Akindile partly owns SceneOne production which creates content for television stations and the movie industry. The company also owns platforms like SceneOne TV and a mobile app where you can stream some of its productions like “Jenifa’s Diary” and “House Helps”

Funke Akindele’s acting school

The award-winning actress is also keen on mentoring the younger generation. Funke Akindele’s school of acting named Scene One school of drama offers courses in contemporary dance, drama, etiquette among other classes that will help novice actors become full-fledged professionals.

Funke Akindele’s Relationships

Funke Akindele’s first marriage

Funke Akindele’s first husband was a politician Kehinde Oloyede Adeola whom she married at a colourful wedding in 2012. However, their union was short-lived as the pair divorced a year later on grounds of infidelity on her ex-husband's part. It is alleged that he sired multiple children out-of-wedlock but stated that they parted ways due to irreconcilable differences.

When they say that image is everything, they mean it, especially for public figures like Funke Akindele. She suffered double loss as some of her endorsement deals were withdrawn in the midst of her divorce from Kehinde Oloyede. In an online interview with Chude, Funke admitted that she rushed into the union due to external pressure and encouraged women not to rush into marriage.  

Is Funke Akindele a muslim?

When Funke Akindle married her first husband Kehinde Oloyede Adeola, she went through Nikkai, a religious ritual that saw her convert to Islam and even adopted the name Khadijat. However, Funke’s response to a fan who asked whether she’s still a Christian left many confused when she stated that she was. 

Funke Akindele and her new husband

Funke Akindile was keen on having a family of her own. After the fallout of her first marriage, she gave it a second try. In May 2016, Funke Akndile tied the knot to Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello popularly known as JJC Skillz in a secret wedding in London. 

It’s reported that Funke Akindile’s parents were absent from the ceremony as they didn’t approve of her new husband. Mr and Mrs Akindile argued that Funke Akindile’s second husband JJC Skillz has similar habits as her ex-husband as he has three children from three women. 

According to reports, only Funke Akindele’s manager Mrs Ayo Ola Muhammed and her elder sister Maria Akindele attended her wedding. 

Funke Akindele’s family

After her secret wedding, news filtered through that Funke Akindile was pregnant with twins and was scheduled to give birth in London. It later emerged that Funke Akindile lost her pregnancy after her twin babies died at birth. Funke Akindele did not confirm these reports.

Funke Akindile would later give birth to twins named Keeley and Kambri. On 23 December 2019, Funke Akindile went all out on her twins' first birthday and shared the first picture of her babies without showing their faces on Instagram.

Apart from her adorable two kids, Funke Akindile has three step-children who are from her new husband’s previous relationships. 

Funke Akindile’s Controversy 

Breaking lockdown rules

Funke Akindile and her husband were charged with violating lockdown rules imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The celebrated actress hosted a birthday party for her hubby and pleaded guilty in court. She was sentenced to 14-days of community service.

Olayode Juliana and Funke Akindele fight

Juliana Olayode left Funke Akindele’s show Jenifa’s Diary under acrimonious circumstances. Juliana who is fondly known as Toto Baby blamed her former manager and ‘spiritual father’ Pastor Timi Adigun sent an email to management that led to her exit from the show. 

The contents of the email have not been made public but reports indicate that Juliana Olayode asked for an increase in her fee. By the time she left in 2017, she earned 3,000 nairas per episode of Jenifa’s Diary. This strained her relationship with Funke who has since come out and accused some young actors of being ungrateful. 

What happened between Funke Akindele and Toyin Abraham?

The answer is easily nothing. Toyin Abraham has spoken out on her alleged beef with the Jenifa star. She is just as confused as she insists that she gets along with Funke Akindile to the point where she would kneel and greet her when they cross paths. 

Rumours about their supposed beef might have been stirred up by another Nollywood actress Ojo Iyabo who claimed that Funke Akindile paid bloggers to give Toyin Abrahams a bad review for her film “The Ghost and The Tout”

Toyin Abraham maintains that she is on good terms with Funke Akindele, they work together and follow one another on social media thus you should ignore the rumours. 

Iyabo Ojo and Funke Akindele beef

When it comes to Iyabo Ojo, it seems as though the actress harbours beef against her industry colleague Funke Akindele. Iyabo Ojo insists that Funke betrayed her several times after she came through for her in times of need. 

She however does not state how she helped her but an Instagram rumour blogger Tosin Silverdam claimed that Iyabo opened the doors to her house to Funke Akindile and her best friend Eniola Badmus when they had housing issues in Ikorodu. In response, Iyabo denied the reports and warned Tosin of spreading false narratives.  

Funke Akindele and Eniola Badmus

The two are well known best friends and anyone expects them to be there for one another thus Funke Akindele’s absence during Eniola Badmus’s 20 years stage celebration raised eyebrows over the status of their friendship. Some suggest that she chose to stay away due to the presence of Iyabo Ojo and did not want to cause trouble. 

Despite ongoing murmurs that the two don’t see eye to eye, Eniola insisted that the two remain inseparable and even referred to Funke as “her ride till the end”. The two have acted alongside one another since the early 2000s.

Femi Adebayo and Funke Akindele

This is a bitter one to swallow. The seasoned actress Funke Akindele was accused of breaking Femi Adebayo’s first marriage to Khadijat after an alleged affair. Femi Adebayo absolved Funke of any blame and stated that she had nothing to do with it. He attributed it to the fact that his ex-wife was not comfortable with his profession as an actor. 

“You Can’t have children”

In 2016, Nigerian prophet Felayimu Olagoroye “prophesied” that veteran actress Funke Akindele would not bear any children. In a twist of events, Funke gave birth to twins in 2018 and the “prophet” was on the defensive and claimed that Funke conceived through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). After this prophecy, her husband JJC Skillz came out and affirmed his love for her. 

Funke Akindele’s Car

For all the wealth she possesses, expect Funke Akindile to have luxurious cars in her garage. She already owns multiple but in 2021, Funke Akindele splurged some 135 million nairas on a new car, a 2020 edition of the Lexus SuperSports LX 57. If that is not dizzying enough, here is a list of Funke Akindele’s car collection.

Bentley Continental which is priced at 70 million nairas, Lamborghini Aventador which is estimated to cost 143 million nairas, Toyota Land Cruiser at 30 million nairas, a Rolls Royce at no less than 50 million nairas and a Toyota Rav 4 which is the cheapest of all Funke Akindele’s cars.

Funke Akindile’s House

Is Funke Akindele the owner of amen estate?

Funke Akindele does not own amen estate but her house is located in the Babatunde Gbadamosi owned property. Together with her husband JJC Skillz, Funke Akindile lives in one of the exquisite mansions at Amen estate. Theirs is a seven-bedroom home with a jacuzzi steam bath, porcelain floors amongst other heavenly features expected in such a home. 

Funke Akindele’s Endorsement deals

Over the years, Funke Akindele has earned several lucrative endorsement deals that have contributed massively to her net worth. She’s worked with cereal product brand Kellogs, baby diaper Molfix, detergent company Waw Nigeria, Dettol, Keystone Bank Limited, lottery company Western Lotto, iroko world tv, telecommunications company Glo, jobs website Jobberman, vitafoam amongst others.

Funke Akindele’s Net Worth

Funke Akindele has been in the industry for more than two decades and has done everything there is to be done on set. Funke has featured in some of the top-rated films - entertainment and money-wise in the country and is also behind the highest-selling film in Nigeria. Away from that, she co-owns One Scene Productions and has a film school. 

This is why Funke Akidele’s net worth in Naira of 1.3 billion makes her one of the richest actresses in Nigeria. If we convert this, Funke Akindele’s net worth in dollars stands at $3.5 million. Other sources quote a higher figure of $7.6 million which is 3.1 billion nairas.

Who is the richest between Odunlade Adekola and Funke Akindele?

When it comes to Yoruba actors, both Odunlade and Funke constantly appear in the top ten list but who is richer? Well, Funke Akindele’s net worth has clearly been stated above. 

Odunlade Adekola is a singer, film producer, director and actor. He generates his wealth from these endeavours and also owns a production company Odunalde Adekola Film Productions (OAFP), has invested in real estate and also earns from ambassadorial deals. This gives Odunalde Adekola a net worth of $1.8 million, an equivalent of 740 million nairas.

From the information above, Funke Akindele has a net worth of $3.5 million while Odunalde Adekola’s net worth stands at $1.8 million. This means that Funke Akindele is the richer of the two.

Who is the richest between Funke Akindele and Iyabo Ojo?

Funke Akindele’s net worth stands at $3.5 million which she makes from her acting career, endorsement deals, her company One Scene Production and film school. 

Iyabo Ojo is also a respected Yoruba actress. She also draws her income from real estate investments, brand endorsement deals as well as her business. Iyabo Ojo’s net worth is estimated to be $300,000 to $500,000, an equivalent of 126 - 209 million nairas.

Evidently, Funke Akindele is richer than Iyabo Ojo by far. 

Awards & Recognition

Funke Akindele awards

Funke Akindele has scooped numerous awards over the course of her illustrious career ever since she starred in Jenifa. Here’s the list:

In 2022, Funke Akindele received six nominations at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in the following categories: Best Africa Magic Original Comedy Series for "My Siblings & I", Best Television Series for Jenifa’s Diary, Best Overall Movie, Best Movie West Africa, Best Costume Designer, Best Actress in a Comedy for the movies “Omo Ghetto: The Saga”

2021: Nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Award. In the same year, Funke Akindele was also nominated for the Net Honours in the Most Searched Actress category and won the Most Popular Actress in the same awards.

2020: Best Actress in a Comedy for “Moms At War” at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

2017: Best Lead Actress for “A Trip To Jamaica” in the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and 

2017: Funke Akindele received a nomination at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for the same movie in the Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or Series. "Jenifa’s Diary" was named the Best TV Series in the same awards,

2016: Best Actress Africa Collaboration and Best Actress of the Year for “A Trip To Jamaica” at the Ghana Movies Awards and Africa Entertainment Legends Awards.

Still, in 2016, Funke Akindele bagged the Best Actress in a Comedy for “Jenifa’s Diary” as the show was named Sitcom of the Year at the Naija FM Awards.  

At the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Funke Akindele was nominated for Best Actress in a Series for “Jenifa’s Diary”. At the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, she won the Best Actress in a Comedy role. 

2014: Brand Ambassador of the Year at the ELOY Awards, Best Actress in Comedy for “The Return of Sheri Koko” at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Actress in a Leading Role for “Agnetta O’Mpa” at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

2013: Best Indigenous Actress for “Maami” at the Nollywood Movies Awards.

2012: Best Actress for "Maami" and "The Return of Jenifa" at the Zulu African Film Academy Awards, Best Indigenous Actress for “Emi Abata” at the Nollywood Movies Awards, Best Actress for “Troj” at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

2010: Nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba) for “Oguni Aiku” at the Best of Nollywood Awards.

2009: Best Actress and Best Actress in a Leading Role for "Jenifa" at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and Africa Movie Academy Award.

Social Media

Funke Akindele has a combined social media following of over 18.5 million followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Instagram gives her the lion's share of followers with over 15 million, Facebook is second with over 2.1 million and Twitter is a close third with over 1.4 million fans. Throw in her YouTube channel and that number goes up. 

Well, these are her handles:

Funke Akindele’s Instagram: @FunkeJenifaAkindele 

Funke Akindele’s Twitter: @FunkeAkindele 

Funke Akindele’s Facebook: Official Funke Akindele 

Funke Akindele’s YouTube: Funke Akindele Bello

Funke Akindele’s silhouette challenge

Wonder why she has that many followers? Well, she knows how to entertain her fans. In 2021, at the height of the silhouette challenge, Funke Akindele did not miss out. She published her take on her Instagram page but those who waited to see her figure, be it in a silhouette, were disappointed as she threw in a twist just when the lights ought to go out for her to undress. Funke Akindele directed that the lights stay on and she was fully clothed underneath her purple robe.

Q&A

How old is Funke Akindele?

Born on 24 August 1976, Funke Akindele’s age is 46

Who is Funke Akindele’s husband?

Funke Akindele’s new husband is Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello who is fondly known as JJC Skillz. The two married at a secret wedding in London in 2016 after Funke Akindile’s first marriage collapsed. Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz are parents to twin boys named Keeley and Kambri and JJC’s three children from his previous relationships. Funke was married to Kehinde Oloyede whom he divorced in 2013 after one year of marriage due to infidelity. 

Who is Funke Akindele?

Funke Akindele is an award-winning film producer, actress, director, scriptwriter and businesswoman. She rose to fame in 2008 after she starred in the film “Jenifa” and since then, has appeared in some of the best-rated films in Nollywood.

How old is Funke Akindele’s husband?

Funke Akindele’s husband Abdul Rasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz was born on 4 April 1977 which makes him 45 years old.

How old are Funke Akindele twins?

Funke Akindele’s twins were born in December 2018 which means they’ll turn four in 2022. 

From which state is Funke Akindele?

Funke Akindele’s hometown is Ikorodu which means her state of origin is Lagos.

What is Funke Akindele’s net worth?

Funke Akidele’s net worth in Naira of 1.3 billion makes her one of the richest actors in Nigeria. If we convert this, Funke Akindele’s net worth in dollars stands at $3.5 million although other sources quote a higher figure of $7.6 million which is 3.1 billion nairas. She’s built her wealth from her career as an actor, businesses and endorsement deals.

Also known as:
Jenifa
Real name:
Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde-Bello
Occupation:
Film Producer, Actress, Director, CEO of Scene One Film Production
Birthday:
24 August 1977
Nationality:
Nigerian
Star sign:
Virgo
Birth place:
Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria
Height:
5’7

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Image of Funke Akindele Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationships, Social Media, Net Worth
Also known as:
Jenifa
Real name:
Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde-Bello
Occupation:
Film Producer, Actress, Director, CEO of Scene One Film Production
Birthday:
24 August 1977
Nationality:
Nigerian
Star sign:
Virgo
Birth place:
Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria
Height:
5’7

About

Funke Akindele is a seasoned actress who got to the pinnacle of Nollywood. She is fondly known as "Jenifa", the name of the film that made her a household name in 2008. She has since appeared in several blockbuster movies like "Moms At War" and "Chief Daddy". Funke stepped behind the scenes as a producer, director and scriptwriter and is behind the highest-grossing film in Nigeria. There's still more about Funke Akindele that you'll find out in this biography.

Personal Life

Funke Akindele whose real name is Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde-Bello was born on 24 August 1977 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. Funke Akindele’s father, Godwin Olusoji Akindele, who died in 2019 was a retired school principal and her mother is a medical doctor. 

Is Funke Akindele a twin?

Funke Akindele has three siblings, one brother named Poga Akindele and two sisters named Olubunmi Esther and Abimbola Maria Akindele. Contrary to popular belief, Esther Olubunmi is not Funke Akindele’s twin sister even though they share a striking resemblance. 

The same can be said about Funke Akindele’s elder sister Abimbola who is largely based in the United Kingdom where she’s worked as a senior solicitor for Roche’s pharmaceutical operations. Funke Akindele’s brother works in Nollywood as an actor and film director. 

Funke Akindele’s Schooling 

Funke Akindele’s educational background reflects the fact she comes from a highly-educated family. She attended Grace Children School Gbagada and Lagos State Model College. Funke Akindele then joined Moshood Abiola Polytechnic where she acquired an Ordinary National Diploma in mass communication. Funke Akindele went back to school and graduated with a law degree from the University of Lagos. 

Funke Akindele’s Career

Is Funke Akindele a lawyer?

No one doubts Funke Akindele’s academic credentials. After all, she holds a degree in law but when it comes to her career, she had other ideas despite her late father’s desire for her to practise law. 

Funke Akindele traded her robes and gown for the screen. Her first stint in the industry was in Opa Williams's production “Unclad Wire” in which Funke Akindele played the role of a waitress. It was not until she was featured in the series “I Need To Know” funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) that Funke Akindele’s name caught waves in Nollywood circles. She portrayed the role of Bisi, an intelligent high school student between 1998 and 2002. 

Funke hoped that this would be the start of a high-flying Nollywood career. Unfortunately, she got minor roles in films such as “Final Whistle”, “Egg of Life”, and “Kadiri Mi” which couldn’t allow her to compete with seasoned actors in the industry. Funke Akindele’s turn of fortunes arrived in 2008 when she was cast in a Yoruba film titled “Jenifa” in which she played the role of a comedian. The film became a hit, elevated Funke AKindele’s profile in Nollywood and she even goes by the name Jenifa.

The following year, Funke Akindele bagged multiple awards like the Best Actress at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and the Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Award.       

Funke Akindele’s engagement with Jenifa didn’t end there as she’s featured in two other sequels of the show and became part of its production team. Since then, Funke Akindele’s name has been credited in some blockbuster films in the country like “30 Days in Atlanta” which achieved record sales after its release in 2016 and was named the Best Cinema Film in the same year at the Africa Entertainment Legends Awards (AELA). “Moms At War” and “Chief Daddy” are the other highly-rated films Funke Akindele was cast. The former cashed in a cool 40 million Naira which is the equivalent of $96,000. 

Funke Akindele in avengers

In 2018, news filtered through that Funke Akindele would be part of Hollywood’s comic film Avengers Infinity War after her name appeared on the cast list. However, this didn’t come to pass as Funke Akindele’s name was absent days later from the cast list for undisclosed reasons. Despite reports from mainstream media, Funke Akindile didn’t confirm nor denied the news. 

Behind the scene

Funke Akindele might have achieved her dream of becoming a Nollywood star actress but she still reached out for more. She took roles behind the camera and is now a director, producer and scriptwriter. Funke Akindele’s first film as a director “Your Excellency” was screened in 2019 and is estimated to have made 186 million nairas, an equivalent of $44,000.

That’s not all. Funke Akindele is the brains behind the highest-grossing film in Nigeria, “Omo Ghetto: The Saga” which she produced, wrote and directed. How much did it make? Well, 636 million nairas, an equivalent of $1.5 million. 

SceneOne Productions

It’s befitting for someone with Funke Akindele’s experience to go on and launch her own production company and even film school. Together with her husband Abdul Rasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz, Funke Akindile partly owns SceneOne production which creates content for television stations and the movie industry. The company also owns platforms like SceneOne TV and a mobile app where you can stream some of its productions like “Jenifa’s Diary” and “House Helps”

Funke Akindele’s acting school

The award-winning actress is also keen on mentoring the younger generation. Funke Akindele’s school of acting named Scene One school of drama offers courses in contemporary dance, drama, etiquette among other classes that will help novice actors become full-fledged professionals.

Funke Akindele’s Relationships

Funke Akindele’s first marriage

Funke Akindele’s first husband was a politician Kehinde Oloyede Adeola whom she married at a colourful wedding in 2012. However, their union was short-lived as the pair divorced a year later on grounds of infidelity on her ex-husband's part. It is alleged that he sired multiple children out-of-wedlock but stated that they parted ways due to irreconcilable differences.

When they say that image is everything, they mean it, especially for public figures like Funke Akindele. She suffered double loss as some of her endorsement deals were withdrawn in the midst of her divorce from Kehinde Oloyede. In an online interview with Chude, Funke admitted that she rushed into the union due to external pressure and encouraged women not to rush into marriage.  

Is Funke Akindele a muslim?

When Funke Akindle married her first husband Kehinde Oloyede Adeola, she went through Nikkai, a religious ritual that saw her convert to Islam and even adopted the name Khadijat. However, Funke’s response to a fan who asked whether she’s still a Christian left many confused when she stated that she was. 

Funke Akindele and her new husband

Funke Akindile was keen on having a family of her own. After the fallout of her first marriage, she gave it a second try. In May 2016, Funke Akndile tied the knot to Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello popularly known as JJC Skillz in a secret wedding in London. 

It’s reported that Funke Akindile’s parents were absent from the ceremony as they didn’t approve of her new husband. Mr and Mrs Akindile argued that Funke Akindile’s second husband JJC Skillz has similar habits as her ex-husband as he has three children from three women. 

According to reports, only Funke Akindele’s manager Mrs Ayo Ola Muhammed and her elder sister Maria Akindele attended her wedding. 

Funke Akindele’s family

After her secret wedding, news filtered through that Funke Akindile was pregnant with twins and was scheduled to give birth in London. It later emerged that Funke Akindile lost her pregnancy after her twin babies died at birth. Funke Akindele did not confirm these reports.

Funke Akindile would later give birth to twins named Keeley and Kambri. On 23 December 2019, Funke Akindile went all out on her twins' first birthday and shared the first picture of her babies without showing their faces on Instagram.

Apart from her adorable two kids, Funke Akindile has three step-children who are from her new husband’s previous relationships. 

Funke Akindile’s Controversy 

Breaking lockdown rules

Funke Akindile and her husband were charged with violating lockdown rules imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The celebrated actress hosted a birthday party for her hubby and pleaded guilty in court. She was sentenced to 14-days of community service.

Olayode Juliana and Funke Akindele fight

Juliana Olayode left Funke Akindele’s show Jenifa’s Diary under acrimonious circumstances. Juliana who is fondly known as Toto Baby blamed her former manager and ‘spiritual father’ Pastor Timi Adigun sent an email to management that led to her exit from the show. 

The contents of the email have not been made public but reports indicate that Juliana Olayode asked for an increase in her fee. By the time she left in 2017, she earned 3,000 nairas per episode of Jenifa’s Diary. This strained her relationship with Funke who has since come out and accused some young actors of being ungrateful. 

What happened between Funke Akindele and Toyin Abraham?

The answer is easily nothing. Toyin Abraham has spoken out on her alleged beef with the Jenifa star. She is just as confused as she insists that she gets along with Funke Akindile to the point where she would kneel and greet her when they cross paths. 

Rumours about their supposed beef might have been stirred up by another Nollywood actress Ojo Iyabo who claimed that Funke Akindile paid bloggers to give Toyin Abrahams a bad review for her film “The Ghost and The Tout”

Toyin Abraham maintains that she is on good terms with Funke Akindele, they work together and follow one another on social media thus you should ignore the rumours. 

Iyabo Ojo and Funke Akindele beef

When it comes to Iyabo Ojo, it seems as though the actress harbours beef against her industry colleague Funke Akindele. Iyabo Ojo insists that Funke betrayed her several times after she came through for her in times of need. 

She however does not state how she helped her but an Instagram rumour blogger Tosin Silverdam claimed that Iyabo opened the doors to her house to Funke Akindile and her best friend Eniola Badmus when they had housing issues in Ikorodu. In response, Iyabo denied the reports and warned Tosin of spreading false narratives.  

Funke Akindele and Eniola Badmus

The two are well known best friends and anyone expects them to be there for one another thus Funke Akindele’s absence during Eniola Badmus’s 20 years stage celebration raised eyebrows over the status of their friendship. Some suggest that she chose to stay away due to the presence of Iyabo Ojo and did not want to cause trouble. 

Despite ongoing murmurs that the two don’t see eye to eye, Eniola insisted that the two remain inseparable and even referred to Funke as “her ride till the end”. The two have acted alongside one another since the early 2000s.

Femi Adebayo and Funke Akindele

This is a bitter one to swallow. The seasoned actress Funke Akindele was accused of breaking Femi Adebayo’s first marriage to Khadijat after an alleged affair. Femi Adebayo absolved Funke of any blame and stated that she had nothing to do with it. He attributed it to the fact that his ex-wife was not comfortable with his profession as an actor. 

“You Can’t have children”

In 2016, Nigerian prophet Felayimu Olagoroye “prophesied” that veteran actress Funke Akindele would not bear any children. In a twist of events, Funke gave birth to twins in 2018 and the “prophet” was on the defensive and claimed that Funke conceived through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). After this prophecy, her husband JJC Skillz came out and affirmed his love for her. 

Funke Akindele’s Car

For all the wealth she possesses, expect Funke Akindile to have luxurious cars in her garage. She already owns multiple but in 2021, Funke Akindele splurged some 135 million nairas on a new car, a 2020 edition of the Lexus SuperSports LX 57. If that is not dizzying enough, here is a list of Funke Akindele’s car collection.

Bentley Continental which is priced at 70 million nairas, Lamborghini Aventador which is estimated to cost 143 million nairas, Toyota Land Cruiser at 30 million nairas, a Rolls Royce at no less than 50 million nairas and a Toyota Rav 4 which is the cheapest of all Funke Akindele’s cars.

Funke Akindile’s House

Is Funke Akindele the owner of amen estate?

Funke Akindele does not own amen estate but her house is located in the Babatunde Gbadamosi owned property. Together with her husband JJC Skillz, Funke Akindile lives in one of the exquisite mansions at Amen estate. Theirs is a seven-bedroom home with a jacuzzi steam bath, porcelain floors amongst other heavenly features expected in such a home. 

Funke Akindele’s Endorsement deals

Over the years, Funke Akindele has earned several lucrative endorsement deals that have contributed massively to her net worth. She’s worked with cereal product brand Kellogs, baby diaper Molfix, detergent company Waw Nigeria, Dettol, Keystone Bank Limited, lottery company Western Lotto, iroko world tv, telecommunications company Glo, jobs website Jobberman, vitafoam amongst others.

Funke Akindele’s Net Worth

Funke Akindele has been in the industry for more than two decades and has done everything there is to be done on set. Funke has featured in some of the top-rated films - entertainment and money-wise in the country and is also behind the highest-selling film in Nigeria. Away from that, she co-owns One Scene Productions and has a film school. 

This is why Funke Akidele’s net worth in Naira of 1.3 billion makes her one of the richest actresses in Nigeria. If we convert this, Funke Akindele’s net worth in dollars stands at $3.5 million. Other sources quote a higher figure of $7.6 million which is 3.1 billion nairas.

Who is the richest between Odunlade Adekola and Funke Akindele?

When it comes to Yoruba actors, both Odunlade and Funke constantly appear in the top ten list but who is richer? Well, Funke Akindele’s net worth has clearly been stated above. 

Odunlade Adekola is a singer, film producer, director and actor. He generates his wealth from these endeavours and also owns a production company Odunalde Adekola Film Productions (OAFP), has invested in real estate and also earns from ambassadorial deals. This gives Odunalde Adekola a net worth of $1.8 million, an equivalent of 740 million nairas.

From the information above, Funke Akindele has a net worth of $3.5 million while Odunalde Adekola’s net worth stands at $1.8 million. This means that Funke Akindele is the richer of the two.

Who is the richest between Funke Akindele and Iyabo Ojo?

Funke Akindele’s net worth stands at $3.5 million which she makes from her acting career, endorsement deals, her company One Scene Production and film school. 

Iyabo Ojo is also a respected Yoruba actress. She also draws her income from real estate investments, brand endorsement deals as well as her business. Iyabo Ojo’s net worth is estimated to be $300,000 to $500,000, an equivalent of 126 - 209 million nairas.

Evidently, Funke Akindele is richer than Iyabo Ojo by far. 

Awards & Recognition

Funke Akindele awards

Funke Akindele has scooped numerous awards over the course of her illustrious career ever since she starred in Jenifa. Here’s the list:

In 2022, Funke Akindele received six nominations at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in the following categories: Best Africa Magic Original Comedy Series for "My Siblings & I", Best Television Series for Jenifa’s Diary, Best Overall Movie, Best Movie West Africa, Best Costume Designer, Best Actress in a Comedy for the movies “Omo Ghetto: The Saga”

2021: Nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Award. In the same year, Funke Akindele was also nominated for the Net Honours in the Most Searched Actress category and won the Most Popular Actress in the same awards.

2020: Best Actress in a Comedy for “Moms At War” at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

2017: Best Lead Actress for “A Trip To Jamaica” in the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and 

2017: Funke Akindele received a nomination at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for the same movie in the Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or Series. "Jenifa’s Diary" was named the Best TV Series in the same awards,

2016: Best Actress Africa Collaboration and Best Actress of the Year for “A Trip To Jamaica” at the Ghana Movies Awards and Africa Entertainment Legends Awards.

Still, in 2016, Funke Akindele bagged the Best Actress in a Comedy for “Jenifa’s Diary” as the show was named Sitcom of the Year at the Naija FM Awards.  

At the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Funke Akindele was nominated for Best Actress in a Series for “Jenifa’s Diary”. At the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, she won the Best Actress in a Comedy role. 

2014: Brand Ambassador of the Year at the ELOY Awards, Best Actress in Comedy for “The Return of Sheri Koko” at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Actress in a Leading Role for “Agnetta O’Mpa” at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

2013: Best Indigenous Actress for “Maami” at the Nollywood Movies Awards.

2012: Best Actress for "Maami" and "The Return of Jenifa" at the Zulu African Film Academy Awards, Best Indigenous Actress for “Emi Abata” at the Nollywood Movies Awards, Best Actress for “Troj” at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

2010: Nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba) for “Oguni Aiku” at the Best of Nollywood Awards.

2009: Best Actress and Best Actress in a Leading Role for "Jenifa" at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and Africa Movie Academy Award.

Social Media

Funke Akindele has a combined social media following of over 18.5 million followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Instagram gives her the lion's share of followers with over 15 million, Facebook is second with over 2.1 million and Twitter is a close third with over 1.4 million fans. Throw in her YouTube channel and that number goes up. 

Well, these are her handles:

Funke Akindele’s Instagram: @FunkeJenifaAkindele 

Funke Akindele’s Twitter: @FunkeAkindele 

Funke Akindele’s Facebook: Official Funke Akindele 

Funke Akindele’s YouTube: Funke Akindele Bello

Funke Akindele’s silhouette challenge

Wonder why she has that many followers? Well, she knows how to entertain her fans. In 2021, at the height of the silhouette challenge, Funke Akindele did not miss out. She published her take on her Instagram page but those who waited to see her figure, be it in a silhouette, were disappointed as she threw in a twist just when the lights ought to go out for her to undress. Funke Akindele directed that the lights stay on and she was fully clothed underneath her purple robe.

Q&A

How old is Funke Akindele?

Born on 24 August 1976, Funke Akindele’s age is 46

Who is Funke Akindele’s husband?

Funke Akindele’s new husband is Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello who is fondly known as JJC Skillz. The two married at a secret wedding in London in 2016 after Funke Akindile’s first marriage collapsed. Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz are parents to twin boys named Keeley and Kambri and JJC’s three children from his previous relationships. Funke was married to Kehinde Oloyede whom he divorced in 2013 after one year of marriage due to infidelity. 

Who is Funke Akindele?

Funke Akindele is an award-winning film producer, actress, director, scriptwriter and businesswoman. She rose to fame in 2008 after she starred in the film “Jenifa” and since then, has appeared in some of the best-rated films in Nollywood.

How old is Funke Akindele’s husband?

Funke Akindele’s husband Abdul Rasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz was born on 4 April 1977 which makes him 45 years old.

How old are Funke Akindele twins?

Funke Akindele’s twins were born in December 2018 which means they’ll turn four in 2022. 

From which state is Funke Akindele?

Funke Akindele’s hometown is Ikorodu which means her state of origin is Lagos.

What is Funke Akindele’s net worth?

Funke Akidele’s net worth in Naira of 1.3 billion makes her one of the richest actors in Nigeria. If we convert this, Funke Akindele’s net worth in dollars stands at $3.5 million although other sources quote a higher figure of $7.6 million which is 3.1 billion nairas. She’s built her wealth from her career as an actor, businesses and endorsement deals.