Let us go into the Nigerian movie industry today, Nollywood said to be worth over a billion dollars, industry worth now getting closer to 2 billion dollars, you would expect there to be some top personalities and high earners from that industry, Funke Akindele currently tops that list.
We are going to highlight some interesting facts about her life and background below.
Funke Akindele Background And Early Life
Born on August 24, 1977, Funke grew up in Lagos as her mother, a medical doctor and her father, retired school principal lived and worked in Lagos.
She has two siblings and is the second of the three children of her parents.
Her full name is Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde but she openly agrees that she prefers it when people call her Funke Akindele, which sounds easy to pronounce and is a great name that can easily be associated with stardom and excellence.
She shaped her career in the media profession as a Journalist and actress after she received an OND in Mass Communication from the Ogun State Polytechnic.
She went further up the academic ladder to pursue a law degree from the famous University of Lagos and wanted to pursue law as a professional career.
She worked in Television for a long period of time and later switched permanently to the lucrative cinema world.
The Superstar came to limelight in 1998 when she played Bisi, a brilliant secondary school student, in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom; “I Need To Know.” The comedy soap opera ran from 1998 to 2002.
She gained huge fame in 2009 for her role in the movie “Jenifa“. So far, she has more than a hundred movies she produced, wrote or acted in.
In 2009, she made headlines across the entire continent of Africa as the Best Actress in a leading role and this led her to win the highly recognized award.
Apart from that very award in 2009, she has won a good number of awards and endorsements for her ability to actually entertain.
Her career as an actress will always remain a subject of perfection and great joy to her as long as she lives.
She is gifted, talented and she was born to be on the television. She is optimistic for great things in the future and knows that she is going places.
Married, Husband, Children
Just like other celebrities, Funke had a colourful wedding in 2012. But her marriage did not flourish as her fans anticipated.
Her ex-husband (Kehinde Oloyede Adeola) was rumoured to have had strings of relationships and children out-of-wedlock.
There are claims that her marriage did not work due to her husband’s extra-marital affairs.
Nobody was sure what happened but they got a divorce in 2013, a year after their wedding, citing irreconcilable differences.
She gave love a second chance when she tied the knot with Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello widely known as JJC Skillz. The secret wedding took place in London in May 2016.
News went viral that she was going to deliver twins in London. She debunked the news and later on, reports surfaced that the babies (twins)which she reportedly conceived through IVF died at birth.
Currently, she has no child but her husband JJC has three children from other women, so she has step-children.
Funke Akindele Facts You Should Know
Here are the 10 most interesting facts about Funke Akindele and her husband. You may be surprised by many of the facts below:
Funke Akindele is the most followed Nigerian Actor on Instagram.
She Was The Winner Of The African Academy Award (2009) In 2009, she made headlines across the entire continent of Africa as the Best Actress in a Leading role and this led her to win the highly recognized award.
Funke Akendele was pregnant with twins until November 2017.
JCC Skillz fell in love with Funke while she was shooting Jenifa’s diary after she has invited him to be her video director.
Before his marriage with Funke, he was married to three different women from which he had children. He is a very good husband and father, as he still supports his children, and he is also still in touch with their mamas.
The couple got married secretly in London.
Funke Akindele has graduated from Nigeria Abiola Polytechnic University before studying law at the University of Lagos.
Funke Akindele was married before for a short period of time to Kehinde Oloyede, and she mentioned that she was abused in her relationship with him. That was one of the reasons she kept her relationship with JCC away from the public.
JCC Skillz admits that his marriage with Funke made him more focused, and that it has given him stability and peace of mind.
They fell in love with each other the first time they saw each other. JCC says it was love at first sight and more of an instant connection between them.
Funke runs a non-governmental organization called The Jenifa Foundation, which aims at nurturing the talents of skilled unknown people, and JCC Skillz says that one of the secrets of their successful marriage is that they both work so hard and in the same industry.
Before his marriage with Funke, JCC has admitted many times that he did not want any kind of emotional attachment with any one, but he still managed to fall in love with Funke the moment he saw her and she saw him.
Funke Akindele Net Worth
Funke Akindele is currently the richest actor in Nigeria as of 2018. She has surpassed the likes of Genevieve Nnaji and Kate Henshaw due to her various mouth watering endorsement deal. Popular among them is being a brand ambassador for Irokotv.
She is currently estimated to be worth about $3.5 million.