Great things start from humble beginnings and indeed Funke Akindele epitomizes this saying.
Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde, popularly known as Funke Akindele is a Nigerian actress, writer and producer. She was born on August 24 in the 70’s in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria.
She is the second of three children (two girls and one boy).
However , the journey to stardom started when she featured in a sitcom ‘ I Need to Know’ which ran from 1998 to 2002 sponsored by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), where she acted as a secondary school girl. She never gave up on her dreams and she continued to passionately pursue her dream to be one of the most successful Nollywood stars.
The graduate of Law from the University of Lagos got her major break in 2009 when she appeared in the movie titled, ‘Jenifa’ . Thereafter, she became a household name in the movie industry and has so far featured in on over 100 movies and still counting.
Jenifa has she is popularly called has Jenifa has a lot of endorsement deals to her name, she was once an Ambassador of Telecoms giant globacom, once an Ambassador of Irokotv and in 2018 she was signed as a brand Ambassador of Keystone Bank.
Funke Akindele keeps soaring as she recently got a mouth watering endorsement deal with Dettol as their new brand ambassador.
The wife of JJC skills was unveiled at a launch event at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja hosted by RB Nigeria, makers of the Dettol range of household products as an ambassador for their Clean Naija campaign, an initiative that seeks to drive behavioural change achieve a cleaner and healthier Nigeria. She was identified by the brand as being worthy of championing the “Clean Naija” cause.
Although her first marriage failed, she is now happily married to Nigerian rapper Abdul Rasheed Bello, known as JJC Skillz, this epoch making marriage took place in London in May 2016 and was blessed with the birth of twin boys in December 2018.
The multi-award winning thespian has a way of giving back to the society that has made her what she is as he runs a non-governmental organization known as the Jenifa Foundation, which aims at providing young people with vocational skills in a bid to making them assets and not liabilities to the society.