Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa, is a multi-talented Nigerian filmmaker, director, actress,producer and politician. Born on August 24, 1977,
Funke came into the Nollywood lime light in 1998 when she starred in a sitcom titled ‘I Need to Know’ which was aired between 1998 to 2002. This marked the beginning of her flourishing career in Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry.
In 2009, Funke Akindele’s exceptional talent was recognized as she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. However, it was her role in the movie “Jenifa” that truly propelled her to stardom and earned her the nickname – Jenifa, which has since become synonymous with her name. This film not only brought her immense fame but also paved the way for numerous accolades, including the Best Actress in a Comedy awards at the 2016 and 2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Her outstanding performances continued to be recognized, as she once again claimed the same award at the 2020 and 2022 AMVCAs, making it the fifth time she emerged victorious in the Best Actress category for comedy.
With her remarkable contributions to the Nigerian film industry, Funke Akindele has undeniably carved a niche for herself. She holds the distinction of being the most nominated actress at the AMVCA and currently boasts an impressive six AMVCA awards, making her the actress with the most wins in the history of the prestigious ceremony.
Aside from her notable achievements in Nollywood, Funke Akindele has also made her mark in the Yoruba film industry, starring in numerous movies produced in the Yoruba language. Her versatility as an actress knows no bounds, and her exceptional talent has earned her several awards and recognition.
Some of the notable Nigerian movies she has featured in include “Your Excellency,” “Omo Ghetto: The Saga,” and “Battle on Buka Street.” Her crossover appeal has allowed her to captivate audiences across different genres ad languages, solidifying her status as a true icon in the entertainment world.
Funke Akindele’s success story serves as a testament to her dedication, hard work and talent; she has become an iconic figure, leaving an indelible mark on the Nigerian entertainment industry and beyond.
Jenifa is indeed a multi-purpose creator and copyright icon.