Funke Akindele-Bello
Funke Akindele- Bello

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

Early life

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

Education

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

Career

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

 

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Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2009 Africa Movie Academy Award Best Actress Leading Role Jenifa Won
2009 2009 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best actress Jenifa Won
2010 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress Leading role (Yoruba) Oguni Aiku Nominated
2012 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Troj Won
2012 2012 Nollywood Movies Awards Best Actress (Indigineous) Emi Abata Won
2012 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress (English) Married But Living Single Nominated
2013 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards Best Actress (Leading Role) Maami Nominated
Best Actress (Indigineous) Won
2014 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress (Leading Role) Agnetta O’mmpa Won
2014 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress (Comedy) The Return Of Sheri Koko Won
2016 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress In Comedy Role Jenifa’s Diary Won
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Series Jenifa’s Diary Nominated
2016 Africa Entertainment Legend Awards Best Actress of the Year Won[12]

 

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