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Ten 10 Things To Know About Funke Akindele. by sentee(f): 7:01pm On Jan 15
Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele-Bello bpopularly known as Funke Akindele or Jenifa, is a Nigerian filmmaker, actress, director, producer and politician. Akindele starred in the sitcom 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. for her role in Jenifa, which brought her into fame. Akindele reprised the role in a 2015 television series adaption titled Jenifa's


1. Early life and Education: Akindele was born on 24 August 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. She is Yoruba. She is the second of three children (two girls and one boy). Her mother is a medical doctor while her father is a retired school principal. Gbagada, Lagos State. She obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now known as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. She earned a Law degree from the University of Lagos.

2. Career: Akindele came into the limelight after starring in the popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002. Funke Akindele 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. Funke 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 an adaption of the movie Jenifa. The 2018 comedy film Moms at War stars Funke Akindele and Omoni Oboli. In July 2019, Akindele started a new web series, Aiyetoro Town, a spinoff from her popular TV series, Jenifa's Diary. She is the former CEO of Scene One Film Production. She made her cinematic directorial debut in the 2019 political drama film, Your Excellency.

3. Political career: was nominated as the Lagos deputy governorship candidate under Peoples Democratic Party (Nigeria) in the 2023 elections. In justifying her nomination, Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, noted that the actress will add more value to his candidacy in the 2023 general elections.Confirming her deputy governorship candidacy on Tuesday, the actress stated that her acting career must be “necessarily put on hold”.

4. Charity initiative: Akindele runs a non-governmental organization known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims at providing young people with vocational skills.

5. Endorsement: Akindele has endorsement deals such as her being signed as an Ambassador to Dettol and Irokotv. In 2018, she was signed as a brand ambassador for Keystone Bank. In November 2019, she signed an endorsement deal with Waw Nigeria, a company that manufactures detergent and bar soap.

6. Personal Life: On 26 May 2012, Funke Akindele married Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. The couple divorced in July 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. Funke 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. JJC Skillz announced the end of the union between him and the popular actress which lasted six years via his official Instagram handle on June 30, 2022. Funke Akindele gave birth to twin boys in December 2018 and has several step-children.

7. Controversy: In April 2020, Akindele was arrested along with JJC Skillz, her husband at that time, and charged for having a birthday party for her husband during a mandated 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 pleading guilty to violating the lockdown order

8. Record holdings: Her movie A Tribe Called Judah is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time in Nigeria, breaking the record of her movie Battle on Buka Street. Akindele has the most wins at award shows like AMVCA and NEA Awards. She is the producer and director of the three highest grossing Nollywood movies of all time, A Tribe Called Judah, Battle on Buka Street and Omo Ghetto: The Saga.

9. Filmography: some of the The films of Funke Akindele are:

* Apaadi
* Battle on Buka Street
* Chief Daddy
* Dwindle
* Far From Home
* Jenifa
* Jenifa's Diary
* Maami
* Married but Living Single
* Moms at War
* Omo Ghetto
* Omo Ghetto: The Saga
* The Return of Jenifa
* A Tribe Called Judah[53]
And many others

10. Awards and nominations: she have 22 awards and 17 nominations.
Re: Ten 10 Things To Know About Funke Akindele. by hslbroker2(m): 7:11pm On Jan 15
I wish her well, and I always enjoy her acting.
Re: Ten 10 Things To Know About Funke Akindele. by azadus18: 7:44pm On Jan 15
Living legend...

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