Heartminders Feature: Funke Akindele : Fourty, Fearless and Famous!




funke-akindeleCharismatic, Energetic, Funny, Graceful , Unassuming and Resilient are just few words to describe Funke Akindele, aka Jenifa, one of the best that Nollywood ever produced.
Born on August 24, 1976 in ikorodu, Lagos state, Nigeria. She is the second of three children (two sisters and one brother). Her mother is a medical doctor while her father is a retired school principal.
Funke 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.


The amazingly talented actress 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, she has over a 100 movies to her credit as actress, writer and producer. As the main protagonist in the film Jenifa, she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in Leading Role for her role as Jenifa in 2008. She has since won numerous other awards like the Best Actress, Comedy for her role in her movie, “Jenifa’s Diary” at the 2016 edition of the AfricaMagic Viewer’s Choice Awards, AMVCA.


Months after the wedding, Kehinde was reported to have impregnated a certain lady, Modinat Nike Dada. The couple did all they could to cover up the mess, but it eventually came out in the open. It was then Funke knew she had to leave as there were many issues at stake.
In an interview with E-47, she admitted that she only enjoyed the first two months and claimed that she was abused severally, as the union went awry.

“I was abused emotionally and verbally. Really, I felt we could work things out when the trouble started two months after the marriage, but I made up my mind and shut the door of the marriage at him when the trouble was coming to me too much”. 


Funke Akindele and Femi Adebayo

Before her marriage, rumor has it that Nollywood A-list actor, Femi Adebayo and Funke Akindele were in a hot affair back in the day. Let’s not forget that both Femi and Funke are prominent Yoruba actors, and they must have met a lot on the set of many Yoruba movies. The stories of the two together were too strong to ignore.

The only snag during this rumoured love affair was that Femi Adebayo was married. Unconfirmed gist says Femi Adebayo’s  marriage crashed because of his romance with Funke Akindele. Both actors have denied this rumour vehemently.

falz and Funke

Funke Akindele and Falz

Since her much publicized divorce in 2013, the actress has been linked to Falz the bad guy but the flame of that rumour was quickly quenched qhe she caught up with at the last AMVCAS, the actress denied any hint of an affair with Falz and explained how she met the Karishika crooner  “I was listening to his rap one day and liked the way he raped. So I met him during Dr Sid’s wedding and we exchanged contacts. So, we got talking and one day I invited him over to my place and he came with his manager. I cooked for him and we all ate. While we were discussing, I asked him if he would like to be featured as my boyfriend in the latest edition of Jennifer’s Diary and he responded positively. Apart from work relationship, we have nothing between us. We work together and enjoy ourselves, that’s all.


Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz

However, If reports reaching us are anything to go by, Funke ‘Jenifa’ Akindele is getting set to take another shot at marriage, and the lucky man is said to be JJC Skillz of the JJC and 419 Squad.

Multiple reports have it that Abdul Rasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz went down on one knee and made the surprise proposal a few weeks ago in Lekki on the set of her new TV Comedy Drama, Jenifa’s Diary.

And she said yes!

Funke Akindele, a Christian, has remained single after separating from her husband, Kehinde Almaroof in 2013 under very controversial circumstances.

JJC Skillz is a single father of three children, ages 18, 15 and 10 from three different women.

We are still waiting for confirmation from both parties.

Heartminders blog is celebrating this amazing talent as she clocks 40! in few months.



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