Funke Akindele was born on the 24th of August 1977. As a young girl, Funke had a dream to become a big Actress, writer, and producer. Her mum discovered her talent and she supported and inspired her. Staying true to her dreams, she started writing scripts in her secondary school days. On the sideline, she also cultivates another passion- a love for debating.

With an OND in mass communication from Ogun state Polythecnic at the age of 19, Funke's journey into the world of entertainment was challenging, and filled with auditions. At the end of each session she was considered not fit for the role.

For a long time the coveted lead role weren't forthcoming; not even a 'silent blink' otherwise called 'waka pass' – As an upcoming actress craving for a break she never gave up. Finally she got a minor role in 'Naked Wire', a movie produced by Opa Williams.

In1997, turning 20, Funke attended an audition at Swift Studios for a TV series on teenage reproductive health, titled 'I Need to Know'. She got the leading role of 'Bisi' where she had to talk like a teenager. By this time she was a law student at Unilag.

For her 'I need to Know', sponsored by UNFPA was a project that she missed a lot having worked on the set for four years. After graduation she got a few roles- Egg of life, Break Up and final Whistle. Soon she joined the Yoruba movie industry, pitching a tent with the Odunfa caucus - led by the trio of Yinka Quadri , Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo) and Abbey Lanre.