Funmi Ayinke Waheed Adekojo Biography | Age, Career, Husband

Profile Summary

  • Name: Funmi Ayinke Waheed Adekojo nee Bolude
  • Date of Birth: May 27, 1983
  • Citizenship: Nigerian
  • Ethnicity: Black
  • Profession: Engineer, Singer
Funmi Ayinke Waheed Adekojo
Funmi Ayinke Image Source: Instagram/funmiayinkegospel

Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo, born Funmilayo Bolude is a popularly known Nigerian business mogul, philanthropist, educationalist and industrialist. She is best known as Funmi Ayinke. 

So who is Funmi Ayinke?

She was born in Akoko, Ondo State, on May 27, 1983, where she spent the majority of her childhood.

Funmilayo Ayinke Waheed-Adekojo started very humbly; she was raised by her single mother, as her father passed away while she was young.

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Funmi’s mother is a teacher; even with hardship as a single mother of three, She catered for Funmi and her siblings, ensuring that they earned a university degree. 

Funmi Ayinke Waheed Adekojo Education

Funmi attended St. Thomasis Primary School, Ikare Akoko, Ondo state before proceeding to Mount Carmel Secondary School, Ikare, and also Omolore Secondary School, Ogbagi Akoko, Ondo State for her secondary education.

After graduating from secondary school, Funmi wanted to become a medical doctor, she gained admission to the University to study medicine, but she dropped out not long into the course as she could not afford the tuition fee.

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She gained admission to study Mechanical Engineering in 2001 at the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, where she earned a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) in Mechanical Engineering.

Personal Life

Funmi got married to Professor Mufutau Waheed-Adekojo shortly after finishing her National Youth Service Corps training, (NYSC). 

Funmi Ayinke
Funmi Ayinke and her Son

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The couple is blessed with four children: three boys and a girl.


Funmi finished her NYSC training at the Works and Services Department, University of Abeokuta, Ogun State in February 2010. 

Upon finishing her mandatory National Youth Service Corps, Funmi started working at ADEFUM INVESTMENT, in Agbede Junction, Apata Ibadan where she worked her way to the top.

After three years working at ADEFUM INVESTMENT, Funmi resigned in 2013 and relocated to Abeokuta. 

She joined the Mechanical Engineering Unit, Works and Services, FUNAAB in February 2014 before leaving to establish her own company, FunmiAyinke Nigeria Limited in 2019.

Philanthropy Work

Funmi Ayinke spends hundreds of millions of Naira to help the vulnerable community. 

She pays or has paid for 10,000 students tuition fees; some are placed on scholarship by the Funmi Ayinke Humanity Foundation.

And also, Funmi Ayinke told dakingsman that she decided to spread her philanthropist work towards the widows as she knows the struggle her mother went through after the demise of her father.

Funmi Ayinke said she had helped at least three thousand widows through her Funmi Ayinke Humanity Foundation, (FHF).

Funmi Ayinke as an artist 

Funmi Ayinke Waheed Adekojo first time singing was at the church as a choir member she told dakingsman. Clarifying further, Funmi said the “end SARS” protest in Nigeria inspired her to release her first single, “It’s Our Time.”

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It is Our Time is Funmi Ayinke’s debut single; the song has generated positive reviews among gospel music critics across the globe.


Funmi Ayinke Waheed Adekojo
Engineer Funmi Ayinke, flanked by the left Professor Mufutau Waheed Adekojo

Funmi Ayinke – Nigerian Billionaire awarded with two Doctorate Degrees

Two doctorate degrees award was presented to Mrs Funmi Ayinke, a Nigerian billionaire who has been giving most of her wealth to the less privileged.

The business Mogul was given an honorary doctorate by the European American Award in Engineering, Project Management, and Cooperate governance.

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Engineer Funmi Ayinke at the STEM HER project workshop. The mission is to close the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

The second degree given to Engineer Funmi Ayinke is a Doctorate award in Public Administration by the University Protestants of West Africa.

So What exactly are these awards, and why are they given out?

The universities give an honorary doctorate in recognition of exceptional individual achievement in a particular category. 

An honorary doctorate is an award given to people that have made a significant impact in their respected field. 

Facts about the Nigerian business mogul 

  • She was born Funmilayo Mary Bolude 
  • She prefers to live a private lifestyle 
  • Her single mother raised her as her father passed away when she was young
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