Funke Akindele-Bello

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Updated: Oct 08, 2022

She attended Grace Children Schools in Gbagada for her primary education, while she went to Lagos State Model College, Igbo-Kuta for her secondary education. Funke Akindele obtained her OND in Mass Communication from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun State, and then went further up the academic ladder to get a degree in law from the University of Lagos.

In April 2020, Funke was arrested for violating lockdown order by holding a birthday party for her husband during the lockdown imposed to curb coronavirus and then sentenced to 14 days of community service after she pleaded guilty. She later appeared in a Nigeria Centre for Disease Control video to raise awareness about coronavirus.

The beautiful actress first came into limelight when she played the role of a secondary school girl, Bisi, in a sitcom, sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), ‘I Need to Know’ in 1998. The comedy soap opera ran from 1998 to 2002.

Her major break came when she played the role of a local girl in the movie ‘Jenifa’. She has gone ahead to make a name for herself in the Nigerian entertainment industry with the way she effortlessly interprets her roles which she extended to her own soap opera.



2020 – Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or TV Series

2017 – Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, Best TV Series (Jenifa’s Diary)

2017 – Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, Best Actress in a Comedy Movie or TV Actress (Jenifa’s Diary)

2017 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Best Lead Actress (A Trip to Jamaica)

2016 – Ghana Movies Awards, Best Actress Africa Collaboration (A Trip to Jamiaca)

2016 – Africa Entertainment Legend Awards, Best Actress of the Year

2016 – Naija FM Awards, Best Actress in Comedy

                                                Sitcom of the year

2016 – Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Actress in Comedy Role (Jenifa’s Diary)

2014 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Best Actress Leading Role, Agnetta O’Mpa

2014 – Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Actress Comedy (The Return of Sheri Koko)

2014 – ELOY Awards, Brand Ambassador of the Year (Omo)

2013 – Nollywood Movies Awards, Best Actress Indigenous (Maami)

2012 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Best Actress (Troj)

2012 – Nollywood Movies Awards, Best Actress Indigenous, Emi Abata

2012 – Zulu African Film Academy Awards, Best Actress (Maami and The Return of Jenifa)

2009 – Africa Movie Academy Award, Best Actress Leading Role

2009 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Best Actress (Jenifa)



She is currently married to a Nigerian Rapper, Abdul-Resheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz after she divorced Adeola Kehinde Oloyede in July 2013.

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