Birth and Education
Akindele (Popularly known as Jenifa) was born on August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. Funke is the second of three children. Funke obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.
Akindele came into the limelight after starring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002. Funke 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.
In July 2016, in an interview, she stated she was acting less in the Yoruba film industry at that time because of piracy. Akindele plays the lead character in the ongoing hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary, alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Juliana Olayode, and Lota Chukwu. The show is a spin-off from the movie Jenifa. The 2018 comedy film Moms at War stars 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 CEO of Scene One Film Production, She made her directorial debut in 2019 political drama film Your Excellency.
Funke Akindele has endorsement deals such as her being signed as an Ambassador to Irokotv. Also in 2018, she was signed as a brand ambassador for Keystone Bank, she is also an Ambassador to Dettol, Waw detergent, Amen Estate, and so many others. Jenifa has won so many awards like AMAA 2009 Best Actress leading Role, ELOY Awards Brand Ambassador of the year 2014, AMVCA 2016/2017 Best Actress in Comedy Role, Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2017 Best Lead Actress, just to mention a few.
Funke Akindele runs a non-governmental organization known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims at providing young people with vocational skills.