Funke Akindele Biography: Age, Twins, Wedding, Net Worth

Nollywood star Funke Akindele is one of Nigeria’s biggest stars.

Funke gained national fame when she starred in 2008’s hit comedy-drama, Jenifa.

The role not only made Funke a household name, but it also won her the “Best Actress in a Leading Role” award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

When she is not acting, Funke is busy building an empire and defending her fellow Nigerians.

She joined fellow actress Adesua Etomi condemning the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

“This is so sad!!! Why? Must violence be the solution to every problem? This has to stop o! We all are out there hustling to put food on our tables! Why the killings?” Funke wrote on Instagram.

Here’s a look at other interesting details about Funke Akindele’s life.

Funke Akindele bio


Acting has always been her calling, but she almost became a lawyer. Funke’s father convinced her to study law after high school. She obtained her law degree from the University of Lagos. While she is not a practising lawyer, Funke said in an interview that she might practise later on in life. She can also fall back on her Ordinary National Diploma in Mass Communications.

Before her big break in Jenifa, Funke appeared in the UN Population Fund sponsored show, I Need to Know between. The popular TV series aired between 1998 and 2002. Funke also played a waitress in Naked Wire. The talented star has won over 11 best actress and lead actress awards. Her popular spinoff show, Jenifa’s Diary, was also named “Best TV Series” in 2017. Enke is a respected film producer and scriptwriter as well.
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Funke Akindele age 


Funke Akindele was born in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on August 24, 1977. Her real name is Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde. The actress celebrated her 42nd birthday in 2019 with a self-love post about herself. “It's all about ME!!! Thank you Lord for another year!! It shall always be well with ME!!” she captioned a video collage.
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Funke Akindele wedding


Funke Akindele’s wedding was one of Nigeria’s biggest news stories of 2016. The actress married Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed ‘JJC Skillz’ Bello in a private ceremony in London. Only close family and friends were in attendance. The wedding came as a surprise to Funke’s fans as many only found out about the day via social media.

Funke and JJC Skillz celebrated their third wedding anniversary in August 2019. Funke took to Instagram to share a sweet video of some of their favourite moments together.  JJC Skillz also shared the clip.

“Happy anniversary my homie lover friend @funkejenifaakindele. My partner in life. My backbone. My Queen. 3 years is just the beginning. This is for life,” he wrote. 

Funke Akindele was previously married to Adeola Kehinde Oloyede. The former lovers tied-the-knot in May 2012 but called it quits in July 2013. Irreconcilable differences were cited as the reason for the end of their marriage.
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Is Funke Akindele pregnant


Funke Akindele has been plagued by pregnancy rumours for years. According to Google, "Funke Akindele pregnancy" was one of the most searched phrases in Nigeria in August 2017. While Funke did not confirm reports of a pregnancy, her baby bump was visible when she took to the stage at the Glo Network lafta fiesta.

Sadly, several local reports would later claim that she suffered a miscarriage six months into her pregnancy.
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Funke Akindele twins


One year after her miscarriage, Funke and JJC Skillz welcomed twin boys into the world. Funke gave birth to the boys in Los Angeles, USA, in December 2018. According to reports, the twins were allegedly born through a surrogate. Funke reportedly opted for surrogacy after her 2017 miscarriage and other failed attempts to fall pregnant via costly IVF treatments. Funke is notoriously private about her personal life and has not shared many details about the birth of her children.
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Funke Akindele daughter


While some of Funke’s fans believe she has a  daughter, the actress only has two children – the twins she welcomed in 2018.
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Funke Akindele babies, child


Aside from her twin boys, Funke is also a stepmother. Her husband JJC Skillz has three children from previous relationships. Tamira, Benito and Josiah have a close relationship with Funke and the blended family often celebrate important milestones and events together.
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Funke Akindele Avengers Infinity War drama


Funke Akindele’s fans were beside themselves with excitement when word got out that she was set to star in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War movie. The rumours started when Funke’s name appeared on a cast list shared on IMDb. But her addition on the list was the result of a hack.  She did not appear in the blockbuster movie.
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Funke Akindele net worth


Funke Akindele’s net worth is believed to be around $3.5 million. Not only is she one of the most successful actors in Nollywood but she is also a businesswoman. She is the CEO of SceneOne TV, a production company and streaming service that has produced hit shows such as Jenifa's Diary. Funke also owns an acting school called Scene One School of Drama.

The actress’ popularity has earned her endorsement deals with big brands like Dettol and Keystone Bank.
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Is Funke Akindele dead


Reports about Funke Akindele’s death have been greatly exaggerated. A fake news report claimed in 2017 that the actress died days after giving birth. The report also claimed that her husband, Toafiq Alhassan, confirmed the birth and her passing. Funke did not have a husband named Toafiq in 2017 or any other year of her adult life. The only loss Funke's family suffered in 2017 was the death of unborn child.
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Written by:
NAIJAlebrity Team