10 facts about Funke Akindele-Bello as she celebrates birthday today
By Temitope Ojo
Talented actress, scriptwriter and movie producer, Funke Akindele-Bello is 41 today, August 24.
Born to a medical doctor mum and a retired school principal father, she is the second child of four children.
Since making her debut in Nollywood, Funke has been in the forefront of bringing entertainment to her teeming fans.
Here are 10 quick facts about the lady that is better known as Jenifa.
Funke was born August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State
She read Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic. She is also obtained her LLB degree from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba
Her first movie was Unclad Wire (1997), and was produced by Opa Williams. Therein, she played the part of a waitress.
Funke hit limelight when she played the part of Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student, in the popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored sitcom, I Need To Know. The sitcom ran for four years (1998 to 2001).
Funke’s popularity soared after the release of her self-produced movie, Jenifa in 2009. It was under her Scene One Productions company.
Funke runs a non-governmental organisation known as The Jenifa Foundation, which nurtures talent among other things.
Funke once married Kenny Almaroof Oloyede between May 2012 and July 2013. In August 2016, she remarried to Abdul Bello alias JJC in a private ceremony in London.
Since producing the movie Jenifa, the actress has produced two others: Jenifa 2 and The Return of Jenifa. In January 2015, the actress announced a TV series called Jenifa’s Diary based on the popular character.
Funke has starred in several other Nollywood blockbusters including the Tunde Kelani directed Maami; Omo Ghetto and Married But Living Single.
Funke has won many awards for acting and movie production