It is a good thing when one works hard and it materializes into good wages and living. It is better when one’s efforts are channeled to what one enjoys doing and one is paid for doing it. But the ultimate is when one smiles to the bank doing what one enjoys doing.
One person, into whom all these goods have flowed, is Funke Akindele. She is a lucky babes living her dreams as an actress, director, producer and model. On the spotlight of The Rich & Famous this week also is Toyin Lawani who is living big dressing up the stars which she herself has turned out to be. Enjoy the package!
It is no doubt that Funke Akindele has made so much money since her debut into limelight. She became a writer, a director, a movie producer and actress after her break in herteen through the TV series, I Need to Know.
Today, the lawgraduate is raking in millions while doing what she loves best. Funke hails from Ikorodu in Lagos state. She was born on August 24th, 1976. Sheattended Ogun State Polytechnic, where she bagged an OND in Mass Communication before going further to obtain a degree in Law from the University of Lagos.
I Need to Know was a popular TV series that was sponsored by an international organisation. The movies, Jennifa, and The Return of Jennifa, gave the star her big break. According to the report, Funke Akindele’s Jennifa and The return of Jennifa sold like wild fire abroad and she raked in over N50m for the sale of those movies alone.
Today, she is ranked as one of the richest act in Nollywood and also the biggest names in the industry. Funke Akindele is pure entertainment herself. She is considered a comedian by her fans because of the role she played in Jennifa.
Funke Akindele was unveiled as So Klin Promo ambassador in 2011. It was amultimillion naira endorsement. She is one of the firstactresses to get an endorsement from Glo. The endorsement was worth millions of naira. According to reports, she didn’t lose the endorsement deal with Glo as some other actresses did.
She also got a mouth-watering deal with website Jobberman. Jobberman is an online recruitment agency. Funke raked-in millions of naira for becoming one of the faces of Vitafoam. She is also one of the faces of Operation Keep Lagos Clean. in addition, Funke Akindele is currently one of OMO’s brand ambassadors – a deal worth millions of naira.
Funke Akindele won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a lead role in 2009. The movie, Jennifa, received 4 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008. She also won the African Movie Academy Award for the Best Actress in a leading role for her part as Jennifa in the movie titled Jennifa.
Houses and cars
Just like other celebrities living their dreams, Funke is not left out in the choice of cars she drives and the houses she has. She has so many properties, both in Lagos and outside Lagos, estimated to be over N300m.
She is the owner of a beautiful duplex in a choice area in Ikeja, worth over N150m. At the moment, she is completing one of her country homes in Ikorodu on which she has already spent over N30m.
Funke is one of Nigeria’s finest andbest. She has featured in over 50 movies both English and Yoruba movies. She launched into movie production with the movie Jennifa and The Return of Jennifa. She charges between N1m and N2m for a role, and the roles come to her easily.
Toyin Lawani is from a very rich and pretigious family in Ekiti state. Her late mum, who was into textile business, ran a beauty home until her death in the USA. Her father was the famous Olanrewaju Lawani, a politician who worked with General Gowon.
Her paternal grandfather was a Commisioner of Police, while her maternal grandmother is still the Reagent of Ikole Ekiti in Ekiti state. Toyin had everything she wanted as a child, but she craved to be independent of her family’s wealth.
Toyin started making money when she was only 16 years of age. The 31 year-old mother of two is a graduate of English from the University of Lagos. Toyin is living a fulfilling life as an entrepreneur, who clothes and styles ‘A’ list artistes, actors, politicians, and money bags in Nigeria and abroad.
She has a house called Tiannah’s place located in a choice area in Lekki, estimated to be worth over N300m. The house boasts of a restaurant called amala dot com, a fashion school, salon, a boutique, spa, a designer’s studio, a travel agency, and many other facilities in one building.
According to report, only the very rich and the famous can afford a visit and treatment from Tiannah’s place. Toyin is currently working on a reality TV show project she calls Diary of a Fashion Guru, coming soon to TV screens across Nigeria and Africa.
Her star clients
Toyin has worked with a lot of Nigerian artistes both local and foreigners. She has styled for Banky W, Wizkid, Niyola, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazy, Dr Sid, Wande Coal, D’Prince, Davido and many other artistes.
She has also designed for Hollywood celebrities including Singer Kelly Rolland, Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Richardson and Natalie Nunn. Her circle of clientele includes Nollywood divas like Stephanie Okereke, Tonto Dike, Kate Henshaw and many others.
Her house and cars
Toyin Lawani is not sparing resources living the life of her dream which she has worked so hard to actualise. This is evident in the choice of cars she drives and the house she lives in.
Her house is located in a choice area in Lagos Island and it is estimated to be worth over N300m. Her cars are no exception.
She has a Lexus SUV worth N20m, a Ford SUV worth N18m, and other wonders on wheels unknown to the press.