Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde (popularly known as Funke Akindele, born August 24, 1976, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian actress. She came to limelight after featuring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom; I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002. In 2009 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Funke Akindele also plays the lead character in the hit TV show Jenifa's Diary, alongside Fisayo Ajisola, Falz, Lolo, and more. The show is a spin-off from the movie titled Jenifa.
Akindele was born on August 24, 1976 in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. 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.
She obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and got a Law degree from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.
Funke came to limelight after featuring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom; I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002. She played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. Funke Akindele's big break came in 2009 from the movie titled Jenifa. Funke Akindele has over a 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer and producer.
She runs a non-governmental organization known as THE JENIFA FOUNDATION, whose aims and objectives involves nurturing talents and acquiring vocational skills.
On May 26, 2012 Funke got married to Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. A year later in July 2013, she got divorced citing irreconcilable differences for her separation from Oloyede (now ex-husband). Funke married Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello known as JJC Skillz in London in May 2016.
Funke is not just successful in acting, she is also a skilled entrepreneur. She owns an acting school, Scene One School of Drama. Scene One School of Drama teaches aspiring actors, producers, and dancers how to develop their talents and be the best in their creative careers. The courses offered in the school are Traditional and Contemporary Dance, Music, Introduction to Drama, Etiquette, and Manners, and much more.
Funke Akindele is also the CEO of Scene One Production. Scene One Production is a content production company for television stations and movies. Scene One production also has entertainment platforms- www.sceneone.tv and a mobile app for watching TV series, Nollywood movies, TV shows, and music.
She has a lot of endorsement deals with different brands. Some of the brands include Lagos State Inland Revenue Service, Iroko TV, Vitafoam, Western Lotto, Sports betting company 1960 Bet, and many more. In late August 2018, she bagged a new endorsement deal with Keystone Bank, a financial institution.
Funke Akindele is a caring and generous person. She founded Jenifa’s Foundation, a non-governmental organization. Through Jenifa’s Foundation, Funke gives back to society. The organization empowers and help young people discover their talents in acting, music, and dance.