Funke Akindele

Funke Akindele
Source: BellaNaija

Funke Akindele was born 24th August 1976 to Mr and Mrs Akindele in Ikorodu. The versatile actress, who in popular opinion, “can transform any role into gold” has been able to prove her mantle, as she strengthens career role that she had evolved into. Although she was born in Ikorodu, Funke Akindele had her first education in Calabar, where her biological father resides, after which she came back to Lagos. She attended Ogun State Polytechnic a where she obtained an OND in Mass Communication, and later went ahead to study Law at the University of Lagos. Funke’s love for acting started as a teenager, she worked on television for a while before moving to cinema. Funke first got introduced to the screen in a popular Television Series on adolescent reproductive health titled I Need to Know in 1999. It was at the time sponsored by UNFPA and later funded by CIDA in 2003 during the second season. Funke’s role was Bisi, a teenage girl who could tell her mother anything and everything without being judged. The TV Series enlightened a lot of mothers on her to help their daughters avoid peer pressure and teenage mistakes through talking to them regularly and allowing them open up to discuss their teenage issues. After this series Funke moved to Cinema and started doing movies. At first she was recognized as the young girl in “I need to know” now grown, her movies were successful, but no one took an extra notice at how good actress she was until she decided to produce her own movie titled Jenifa in 2008, it was a smashing success it immediately shot her to international stardom. It got four nominations at the African Movie Academy Award in 2008. Although, she had earlier searched for someone to play the lead role and, when she didn’t find, she decided to do it herself which turned out to be a great decision,  because for the first time people saw her for the great actress she was. She won Best Actress in Leading Role in that same year for her role in Jenifa at the African Movie Academy Award. Funke didn’t stop there, now that she had finally gotten the full attention of the Nigerian audience as well as the movie industry, she proved to everyone she was more than a child star. She went on producing other movies ‘Apaadi’, ‘Taiwo Taiwo’, ‘Maku’, ‘Agbefo’, ‘Ekuro’ and ‘Omo Ghetto’. Funke proved her versatility In Omo Ghetto it showed she could own any role and make it hers. When she produced the sequel to Jenifa titled The Return of Jenifa, it was another huge success, tickets were sold out at every cinema hall, everyone wanted to see what had happened to the character, and they weren’t disappointed. Funke has appeared in over 50 films and has produced about eight movies since her entering the movie industry. She has won several awards.

On 26th May 2012, Funke Akindele, married Alhaji Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede, it was considered Nigeria’s most talked about in 2012.  On the 19th of July 2013, the actress came out to announce their separation and divorce on grounds of infidelity. In May 2016, she married a Nigerian diaspora rap artiste, JJC Skillz.