One Secret Newly-Wed Funke ‘Jenifa’ Akindele Wants Everyone To Memorize
Funke Akindele-Bello is a name to conjure with in the entertainment industry.
After being shot into prominence acting the role of Bisi, a curious but intelligent secondary school student in the United Nations Population Fund sponsored sitcom, I Need To Know, in the late nineties, she mounted a rafter of glory in Nollywood on account of her being adept at the English and Yoruba genres of Nollywood.
After her first marriage to Kehinde Oloyede, crashed in 2013, the actress, recently got married for the second time secretly in London to entertainment guru, Abdul-Rasheed Bello, aka JJC Skillz, last August.
Popularly known called Jenifa, Akindele-Bello, is back to filming after taking a recess that lasted several months and during which she wedded musician, JJC Skillz, a producer, music video director and artiste. The award-winning actress says of her husband: ‘My husband fashioned the concept for my new project. He is a pioneer in the music industry, so he has been there. He gave me the storyline and the synopsis which I developed and edited.”
Funke gives an insight into her efforts: “I have been filming a new television series called In Da Streetz. It is about the entertainment industry and how people try to survive. It also dwells on the hustle and bustle in the ghetto. It would be full of glitz, glamour and it’s a production that has deep content.’’
She adds: “My new project is music-oriented, so I am working with people like K-Switch, Mo-Easy, Lydia Forson, Linda Ejiofor, Tina Mba, Kunle Coker, and Freeze of Cool FM. It is just a group of people coming together to do something different on television through Scene One Productions, where I am the CEO. My mission is for people to enjoy wholesome entertainment.”
And she is also filled with gratitude to God: “I am grateful to God for the opportunities that have come my way as an actress. When I started out, it wasn’t easy and there were lots of challenges. I have been acting and producing films before I came out with Jenifa. The movie was a commercial success and following it up with Jenifa’s Dairy, was a like an extension of the goodwill Jenifa, enjoyed.”
The 39-year-old is always disinclined to speak aboout her new marriage. However, there is just one secret about some of the changes that have occurred in her life since getting married, which she wants her teeming fans to mnemorize:“Before I met my husband, I used to work on Sundays, but he always says that I need to rest. Our chef leaves on Saturday mornings to see his family, so whenever I want to cook, my husband tells me not to do so and we eat out. We do that very often. Now, I enjoy my life and I rest.’’