Funke Akindele Biography: Career, Movies, Net Worth , And Awards


Famous Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele is one of the prominent actress, producer, model, television personality, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

The beautiful actress was born on August 24, 1977 in Ikorodu, Lagos State in Nigeria. The 42 year old actress is the second child of a family with three children; two girls and a boy. Unknown to many, Funke was birth into a very prominent family with her mother being a medical doctor and her father a retired school principal. Funke began her educational journey in Calabar, Cross River State and obtained her First School leaving Certificate in same place. She then joined the Ogun State Polytechnic now known as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, where she obtained a Higher National Diploma in Mass Communication.

After obtaining her national diploma, Funke joined the University of Lagos in Akoka, Yaba, Lagos State and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.


Funke Akindele Acting Career

After securing a degree in Law, Funke joined the Nigerian movie industry in the year 1998 and started attending movie auditions and acting minor characters, however, she rose to fame and prominence in 2002 when she featured in United Nations Population Fund Sponsored sitcom television series titled, “I Need To Know”and since then she has always been a force to reckon with in the Nigeria movie industry. In 2009, Funke Akindele became a public figure after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Jenifa” a movie that gave her the nickname Jenifa.

Funke Akindele Movies

By far, the legendary Nollywood actress has starred in over 200 movies, popular among them are;  Jenifa, Anointed Liars, Blood is Money, A Trip to Jamaica, Ladies Gang, Jenifa’s Diary, Final Whistle, Atlanta, Pretty Liars, New Horizons, Blood is Money, Omo Ghetto, Aje Meta, Agbara Ife, Maami, Isoken, and many more.

Funke Akindele Endorsement Deals and Net Worth

Funke Akindele currently has an estimated net worth of over $2 million, making her one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria. she makes her money from acting and from major endorsement deals. She is currently a brand ambassador for Irokotv and has an endorsement deal with a telecom giant in Nigeria GLO worth millions of naira. In 2014, Funke Akindele produced a popular television series “Jenifa’s Diary” which is currently trending on television till date.

Funke Akindele Awards

Funke Akindele won  an award for Best Comic Actress in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for her comedy series Jenifa. In 2009, she won two awards which include Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and Best Actress in Nigeria at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In 2010, she won the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba) at the Best of Nollywood Awards. In 2012, she won four awards which include Best Indigenous Actress at the Nollywood Movies Awards, Best Actress at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Best Actress (English) at the Best of Nollywood Awards and Best Actress at the Zulu African Film Academy Awards.



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