Funke Akindele-Bello – Nigerian Movie Actress

As a young girl, seeing someone of my age group playing an important role in a TV series was very enjoyable. Funke was introduced to us as Bisi in the now rested United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) television series, “I need to know”.  The series was part of UNFPA’s  support with the Federal Government’s effort to provide information, education and communication on adolescent health issues in the fourth Country Programme of Assistance. 

Funke played the role so well, I grew an affinity and kinship towards her.  The programme was well received and provided young people with needed information on reproductive health, it ran from 1998 to 2002. 

Funke Akindele went on to study Law in the University of Lagos, but it was apparent acting is her first love and she has grown in leaps and bounds, establishing herself as a prolific actor and producer, and now a director.  After I need to know, Funke became a veritable part of Yoruba Nollywood, but she was also well received with the English and Igbo speaking Nollywood.  Right now, she has successfully transitioned into new Nollywood, and she is now part of the big budget productions of Nollywood. 

funke akindele-bello biography
Funke Akindele-Bello


In 2008, she produced Jenifa, a comedy-drama. The film received four nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008. Funke won Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for her role as Jenifa.

The film was the first installment in what has become a very popular franchise, a series spin off, Jenifa’s Diary, that is in it’s 21st season. Below is a compendium of the movies Funke has acted in from 2008 to date: 

Funke Akindele-Bello: Movies and Shows

  1. Your Excellency. 2019. As Kemi Ajadi. English/Comedy
  2. Chief Daddy. 2018. As Tinu Beecroft. English/Comedy
  3. My siblings and I       
  4. Jenifa. 2008 . As Sulia/Jenifa. Yoruba/Comedy-Drama
  5. Jenifa’s Diary. As Jenifa. English/Comedy series   
  6. Maami. 2011. As Maami. English/Yoruba/Drama
  7. Industreet. 2016. Bola. English/Comedy
  8. A Trip to Jamaica. 2016. Bola. English/Comedy
  9. Return of Jenifa. 2011. Jenifa. English/Comedy
  10. Isoken. 2017. As Agnes. English/Romantic Comedy
  11. Moms at War. 2018. As Olaide Adetola. English/Comedy Drama
  12. Omo Ghetto. 2010. As Lefty. Yoruba/Drama
  13. Married but Living Single . 2012. As Kate. English/Romantic Drama
  14. Apaadi
  15. Emi Abata. 2014. As Tinuke. Yoruba/Drama
  16. Love Wahala. 2014. As Katrine. English/Drama
  17. Ladies Gang
  18. Anointed Liars
  19. Bolode O’ku
  20. Farayola
  21. Ija Ola
  22. Aje Metta
  23. Apoti Orogun
  24. Atanpako Meta
  25. Kakaki ‘leku
  26. Omo Pupa
  27. Taiwo Taiwo
  28. Akandun
  29. Baye se Nlo
  30. Edunjobi
  31. Egun
  32. Maku
  33. Oba Irawo
  34. Okun Ife Yi
  35. Agbefo
  36. Kòséfowórà
  37. Odun Baku
  38. Oreke Mulero
  39. Osuwon Edaf




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