Funke Adesiyan is a Nigerian politician, actress, and film producer. She is well-known for her roles in Nollywood and Yoruba films. She began her career as a model at a young age before moving on to acting. Her breakthrough came with the film “Obinrin Ale.” She is currently the First Lady’s (Aisha Buhari) personal assistant for domestic and social events.
Early Life and Education
Funke Adesiyan was born on March 14, 1986 in Ibadan, Oyo State. She attended primary and secondary school in Ibadan before enrolling in The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where she earned an Ordinary National Diploma (OND). She attended Olabisi Onabanjo University and majored in Performing Arts. She also earned a law diploma from the same university.
After losing her election bid, she went on to study filmmaking and directing at the New York Film Academy in 2015. Banky W, Kunle Afolayan, Kemi Adetiba, Ikechukwu, Stephanie Okereke, Dr Sid, and Kunle Remi are among the other Nigerian entertainers who have attended this prestigious film school.
Funke began modeling at the age of 13, and by the age of 14, she was running her own business. As a result, she was able to construct her first home while still a teenager and earn her first million naira at the age of 17.
Funke opened a fashion store in her hometown after losing her election bid in 2011, but a series of unfortunate events caused her to lose almost all of her money. It was a serious setback. Funke, on the other hand, was able to claw her way back to the top and is now in charge of several successful businesses.
Funke is the owner of the “La’venette” clothing line. She claimed to have designed every piece of clothing she wore in the film Eti Keta.
Funke began his political career at the age of 25 when he managed Mallam Shekarau’s presidential campaign. You may recall that Ibrahim Shekarau ran for president of Nigeria in the 2011 general elections. Shekarau was a former Kano State governor and minister of education.
Funke ran for the People’s Democratic Party to represent Ibadan South East in the Oyo State House of Assembly in 2015. She was overjoyed when she won the primary election and shared her joy on social media. She did, however, lose the election as well as a significant portion of her money. She did, however, host a party after the elections to express her gratitude to her supporters.
In time for the 2019 general election, she switched parties, joining the All Progressive Congress (APC), and President Muhammad Buhari appointed her as the First Lady’s personal assistant for domestic and social activities.
Funke is currently in a relationship, but she claims that marriage is not her top priority. Funke claims in one of her social media posts that men are born to lie and that if your boyfriend lies, it is simply because he is a man. She advised women not to leave their husbands because of infidelity, comparing it to moving from Nigeria to America because of the weather.
Relationship With Saidi Balogun
Funke Adesiyan was previously involved with fellow actor Saidi Balogun. She was drawn to him because he was honest in his dealings with people and was always willing to help others. She ended the relationship because of domestic violence. He claimed it was an oversight that would never happen again. He persisted, however. After their relationship ended, he began to monitor her movements and didn’t hesitate to attack her a few more times. Funke eventually had to hire bodyguards just to stay safe from him.
It was widely reported in 2013 that Funke had spent $7000 on breast implants in Dubai to increase the size of her breasts. However, Funke has since denied these claims, claiming that her breasts remain largely the same.
Funke’s appearance in a Wale Adenuga production in 2003 was her debut in the film industry. Since then, she has appeared in and produced a number of Yoruba films, with Eti keta and Obinrin Ale being the two most notable. The additional films include:
- Ayo Kulehin
Awards and Nominations
- Ooni of Ife’s excellence award
Funke Adesiyan’s net worth is unknown, but she is doing well for herself.