Funke Akindele unleashes the ‘JENIFA’ phenomenon

Suliat kan. Ayetoro kan.

If you dont ‘get’ the words above then you haven’t been touched by the ‘Jenifa’ phenomenon.  ‘Jenifa’ is the brainchild of actress, Funke Akindele. Funke has been a successful actress for over a decade. She got her big break on the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) sponsored youth-oriented TV show, ‘I Need To Know’. Since then she has completed her law degree at the University of Lagos and now she is pursuing her movie career in full throttle. Acting in English movies and then producing, writing and starring in Yoruba movie productions.

Her new movie ‘Jenifa’ is making major waves and is selling out fast! ‘Jenifa’ tells the all too familiar story of a young ‘village girl’ who moves to the city to enrol in university. Suliat (Funke Akindele) is a local champion in her humble hometown, Ayetoro. She is the most popular babe of them all and highly influential amongst her peers. She gains admission to university in Lagos and moves there with great expectations. At university, she is ridiculed for her style (or lack-there-of), her accent and manner of speaking then she meets a group of girls, things begin to change and Suliat is transformed to JENIFA….

The movie is actually pretty predictable but the humour, costumes and acting performances carry it along nicely. Its so commendable that Funke also wrote the script and produced the movie. The movie also stars Ronke Odusanya, Iyabo Ojo, Ireti Osayemi, Odunade Adekola, Eniola Badmus and Tola Oladokun.

This is definitely the movie of the moment! You can hardly go anywhere without hearing a conversation about it or some quips from the movie like Suliat/Jenifa’s buzz words ‘ooouushhh’ ‘Bigz Girlz’ etc…

The movie is so popular that it has inspired a song by Amplifyd Ft ID Cabasa

Havent seen it? You can watch the entire movie online via Sturvs
Jenifa – Part 1
Jenifa – Part 2

91 Comments on Funke Akindele unleashes the ‘JENIFA’ phenomenon
  • Fade January 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Lovely movie,cept it is Ayetoro and Ayotoro

  • Qed January 14, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    on struvs? na wa oh! so how do they now make money from sales when only one copy can sold…

    bella January 14, 2009 at 1:20 pm


  • Iyaeto January 14, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Quite entertaining!

  • 35yrs & goin strong! January 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    i loveS this movie

  • honey January 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I love the movie!!!

  • Bookholler January 14, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Nice movie yeah and it wasnt as predictable as you’d expect.
    To me watching only part 1, you wont have been able to tell the movie was a preach against unprotected sex,std’s

  • Masasita Diva January 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    This Film is tooooooooooooooooooooo much bloody hilarious mate nuff jokes!!!!!! Funke yo can act joh! it was toooo funny i beg… in part two when she went to go and invite her friend to her parry yeah parry yeah! that had no subtitles i aint even yuroba but i soooo got it hilarious… Boncers wheres my bouncers!!!…lmao!!!!

  • Lams January 14, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I love this movie the opening scene is toooooooooo funny…my gosh everybody needs to get a copy now!!!!!

  • Elpee January 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    hahaha this movie is hilarious…. u know, i mean, YEahhhhhhhh I mean houshhh houshh. This is a MUST watch!!

  • Toun January 14, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Love the movie. Funke Akindele is a genius!

  • Ladi January 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Abi? Its kinda unfair….but we all know we’d watch it….hopefully, the movie will booast her popularity and make compensation income from endorsements and stuff.

    I’ll look for a copy when next I’m in 9ja.

  • Ladi January 14, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I like ID Cabasa’s song…..

  • SiSi Blu January 14, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I don’t know any naija person that hasn’t watched this mufee!! Houshhhhhh!!!

  • Qed January 14, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    did any one actually buy the real movie? i didnt, the whole is on youtube…its a pirry considering soch talent & time thats gone into the production

  • myalteregoisayanna January 14, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    We bought it in our house o…we are bigz girlz..

  • symon1 January 14, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Funke has officially launched herself into the category of young Nigerians creating a shift in the entertainment industry. Go on soun jare!

  • Divalicious January 15, 2009 at 4:16 am

    funny ass movie…half of the script is stuck in my head. sekpe for life…yels. is like you know, i mean…mo fe zip e. bi won se n wo leko nuu..lmao..that chic has gone mad! Up Funke Akindele man

  • w@l@t@z@ January 15, 2009 at 5:10 am

    hmm..every1 has spoken well…yels os knw,i mean,u see…d song is out of diz world cabassa is 1 in his man b-eazy isnt eazy too..i love all d comments here..shows we appreciate our own..God bless us all..much love

  • Maj. Gen. Sturvsman Obama January 15, 2009 at 7:59 am

    classic baba suwe style yoruba comedy

  • winnie January 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    lol…sulia!!..this movie is hella hilarioussssssss! WHAT!jENifa is a classic, must watch…cant get enough of it… Funke Akindele, well done o

  • Dorah January 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Yoruba movies are a lot of fun!

  • jojo January 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    i have not seen her in any english movies so she need to be well known as other english entertainers.

  • dee January 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    i made everyone i know watch this movie…. even my african-american friends!!! and they found it so funny

  • Ladi January 15, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Now all of us know Funke Akindele, she could make the loss through endorsements thats what celebs are doing when they don’t make money off album sales because of piracy they make money else where (tours and adverts).

    • Micheal Timothy September 6, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      I luv jenifa 4 her comdy dat she normaly brought out

  • SUliat January 16, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Bella, it is illegal to give people a link they can watch this on!let the girl make her money now!you know better than this!after all you put your big bellanaija on your photos so others dont steal..Dont encourage crap

  • Pamu January 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I really love this film, I can watch it over and over again. Up Funke Akindele…….may the Good Lord continue to inspire u.
    Bella pleaseeeeeeeee remove the movie from google and bellanaija, let Jennifer make her cash.

  • Lentini January 17, 2009 at 12:56 am

    i love dis song die. it should have been a soundtrack for the movie…gbogbo bigs girls..iyawo D fi O (DPO).. SHE IS THE BEST IN NAIJA RIGHT NOW!!!!

  • paris January 17, 2009 at 7:17 am

    watched d movie and found it hilarious! d chick is an actress jare. every1 in d movie lived up 2 their part as well.
    i advice she goes more mainstream as well so as 2 increase her fan base. i remember her having a part in the popular movie “break up.” she played Rita’s secretary (d 1 her guy was hitting on?), was very eloquent and spoke the english lang articulately.
    if “Jenifa” was d 1st movie i saw her in, i wld have sworn she was a local champion 4 real cos she really played SULIAT well lol

  • mini January 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    bella…take down the links and let people buy it and let the girl make money from d movie now…Bella you of all people…na wa o

  • STaylor January 17, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Auntie, why did you put up all those links? The girl do you something? Even though I’ve been looking for “Jenifa” everywhere, i think we should encourage her, not bootleg the movie. Please, please and please, kindly remove the links from the something; I know you didn’t mean any harm. As for the YouTube pirate and Sturvs, well…

  • Damola January 17, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I am a bitz boy.

  • Akos January 21, 2009 at 2:09 am

    i been saying a lotta “Oushhhh”, since watching that movie, instead of Ouch. I love me soem Funke, she is the best YMG actress as wells Iyabo Ojo, love them both. I cant wait to watch the continuation to see what happened next.

  • sUliat queen2 January 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    OMG…yuroba movie of da century, it hella hlirious…aww lol amplifyd crew lolllllll
    department pof social science, faculty of law buahahaha

  • ireti January 24, 2009 at 2:29 am

    lovely movie, kudos to Funke. bella please remove d link of this great work frm ur site jare, haba dats so not fair, if u watermark ur pix, dont spoil other pple’s work, let her make her money

  • aina tona January 27, 2009 at 10:28 am

    the movic is very nice keep it up Funke………bella keep up the good work but don’t post other people’s movic.

  • Nma January 31, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    there is another part?

  • seyet February 12, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    this film is really intereting and i learnt some lesson from it. keep it up funke more grease to ur elbow.keep on jooooooooo

  • loretta February 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    yes please take the link off! not fair at all. Ah Ah!!!!! Not fair.Funke is gifted!!!!!!

  • Harwe February 18, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Nice film though not seen it but the echoes of it have being hear loud and clear…..keep it up

  • data February 20, 2009 at 11:29 am

    suliat kan! Aiyetoro kan!

  • Onajobi Korede March 7, 2009 at 1:27 am

    This movie “jenifa” is the best yoruba movie i have ever seen welldone Akindele Funke.

  • eliz ileri March 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    suliat kan,ayetoro kan!bigz girlz,yels(yes)……….. wat a movie. its actually d best yoruba movie i ve ever watch. its highly entertaining, informative and educative. thumbs up babe. i know say u done hammer but just keep ur head cool and let God continue to lead you.oushhhh!

  • eniola badmus March 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    am happy to be part of dis success.gbogbo bigz girl

  • boboye tolulope April 5, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    how are you doing your responsibilities in the home

  • bolanle April 13, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    infact u re great,that is d best yoruba movie hv ever watched

  • funmilayo April 13, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    wonderful movie.funke u are d bomb.with God on ur side d sky is d beginning.sulia kan ayetoro kan ,kama see saw.

  • Akerele Bukola Kemi April 17, 2009 at 9:35 am

    waoh oooooooooooooouuuuchhhhhhhhh. your film is so interesting. infact i cant stop talking about it. my regard to “gbogbo big girls”

  • adebayo tesleem kayode May 2, 2009 at 8:05 am

    ooreee miii,funke is very wonderful.she is killing.

  • fatima May 7, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    becky o won mi ti teeeeeee.

  • fatima May 7, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    i gas to be long

  • lase May 12, 2009 at 12:25 am

    wots d point of producn jenifa part3. dat is jes so dumb n uncalled 4?

  • KIKE May 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm


  • Adeosun Taofeek May 29, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Mama.. you are too Gbaski nd u bi Omo Yapa Yaski , i Feel you DIE

  • FA baba June 9, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Funke u so wonderful and also u have special and good connection keep it up

  • biodun June 29, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    gues its ok wit d pt2 cos i tink dere is notin mre apart 4rm saki and dat of gbogbo biggirls

  • jojoq July 5, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Bumper to Bumper.Suli ya Kan Aye toro Kan.. One Ife

  • Abiola Tosb July 10, 2009 at 11:58 am

    you are too much SULIAA i just they gbadun you for ur nice ACTING, MOVIE and all others by you.

  • Abiola Tosb July 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Hey suliat, i feel you.

  • adeyanlola July 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    i love your courage

  • omowunmi adeosun July 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    keep the changeg

  • Slim Bee July 19, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    BASIRATU,I’ll suggestion you class urself from those local girls in the industry.I love this film titled Apa di,it a nice and good film to waych.I like the way that film end.Anyway make i still keep me comment for now.I want you to see sheyi shodimu as ur role model is a good actor with taste.Cheers Baby

  • ladi aroooooo September 14, 2009 at 12:29 am

    funke you so wonderful keep it up

  • temitope September 21, 2009 at 10:14 am

    jenifer was a nice film

  • gbenga October 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    2gbaski 4 da king

  • Ahmed October 13, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Av bn wòch’n yor movie bt ds realy maks d difrnt..9ce 1.i stil hop’n 4 mre…

  • Aduroja October 15, 2009 at 3:38 am

    To me i think she is the best thing in the Nigeria movie industry. I think there are lot of people with this type of talent but they are hidden under unrecognition so the can’t help it but stay hidden.

  • Yetunde Bisiriyu Flourish November 9, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    You are simply excellent!

  • Fadokun December 1, 2009 at 2:30 am

    I lv u funke Akindele,is jt dat i can’t marriage,lv 2 see u oneday.

  • adeniyi December 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Very good keep it up

  • majekodunmi makinde December 10, 2009 at 6:09 am

    funke help me out you are ma last hop to become an actor in yoruba films ,i av wested so many effort and all i could do proved abbortive…here is ma mobile incase(08137976717)thanks so much

  • tajudeen wahab atunrase December 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    i want to meet you

  • Adefabi Rukky December 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm


  • Oyerinde wasiu December 23, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    hi,funky babe so nice 2 see u on most current home videos.D sky is ur limit,we all LUV u.hunnnnnnnm

  • Oluwakemi Raji December 27, 2009 at 6:48 am

    funke,you are too much.keep it up.

  • adesinyan gbolahan December 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    no be small tin o, u got the talent sky will not be your limit in Jesus name.if u av your own group i will like to join am an actor here is my mail and contact number or

  • Taiwo Babs January 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    hi Ayo,
    I love you and ur movies, i want to have seriuos relationship with you. I am an American engineer based in USA, also a citizen there. I was born and raised in oyo state, Nigeria

  • Dapo Fadiora January 5, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Funke,u’re made ! [ise toluwa ti pari] at least in the acting industry.May you also be made in your real life.Dapo, uk

  • Taiwo Babs January 5, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Can funke please reply to my last request? By the way can i get Funke office number?

  • zainab February 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    hi jenny i wish to see u face 2 face and God grant my wishes, i saw u on 22nd of February 2010 around 5:10pm at Int’l Airport Road Lagos. so i will also wish to meet u and make u my friend may God grant my wish. keep up you’re on top of the world

  • folashade March 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    funke i must just confess that i love u, u have a solid vision. just keep it up and dont be distracted.

  • adebimpe jide March 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

    i want to meet u
    my number is 070 3568 8186
    p/s funke call me

  • Adefabi dasola Fadiran April 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    May Olodumare continue to add more to ur fountain of knowledge.Aseee o
    Please i want to invite u to our Anual Ifa Festival which will comes up on the 9th of may 2010 at Anisulaja compound isalu iseyin Oyo State

  • Adefabi dasola Fadiran April 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    This is my phone number 08035767243

  • Esing May 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I love this movie, but when is part 3 coming out

  • Yone May 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    @jojo, i am sure you dont know her well
    as she was one of the girls in I NEED TO KNOW series in the 90s.
    She featured on some english movies dat i cud remeber the title.

  • mojisola June 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    hi,aunty funke i dont know if somebody as told u that u are the best,if there is non am telling u now i love u so much.i want to be like u keep it up.the sky is ur limit.

  • kemisola July 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    i like ur combntn,reds reds white white, keep rolling ‘girl’ o ti poju.

  • Muda November 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Am big wela

  • Ogunlade odunayo mc February 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Pls akindele i your help pls. I navite of ado ekiti I liveing at oke ila in ado ekiti,if want to call this my number 07031257759,pls help, me

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