Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress who grew up in Lagos the commercial capital of Nigeria. The fourth of eight children, she was brought up in a middle class environment. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother as a teacher.
She attended the Methodist Girls College Yaba, before heading onto the University of Lagos. While at the university Genevieve began auditioning for acting jobs amongst the many Nollywood projects.
Genevieve Nnaji was Born on born 3rd of May, 1979, (in Mbaise, Imo state, Nigeria). In 2005 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera – Ripples at the age of 8. She also featured in several commercials some of which include Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998 at the age of 19 she was introduced into the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie – “Most Wanted”. As an upcoming actress, trying to create a niche for herself, she went through various minor roles seeking for that opportunity for a break through.
Her subsequent movies – ‘Last Party’; Mark of the Beast; and Ijele (still considered to be one of her best epic performance to date) brought forth an icon to be loved and adored by many. Her name became a household name, her image the desire of every young girl. In 2002 she featured in the movie ‘Sharon Stone’ and her fame shot beyond the shores of Nigeria to Africa and several European countries. One can say the ‘buzz’ Genevieve reinvented the Nigerian Film Industry, introducing Nollywood.
Genevieve Nnaji appeals just as warmly to Kenyans and Liberians and South Africans and Ghanaians who avidly watch Nigerian home videos at home and abroad. Genevieve has led the market into new territories today. She took the extra step of projecting herself beyond Nigeria by having a website constructed back in 2003 and it was arguably the most trafficked Nigerian site on the Internet. Its fame spread like wildfire, a jolly virus. 3549 entries in 355 pages in two weeks.
The thoughts expressed in the pages are often sporadic, but true in their spontaneity, sincere in their intentions. Love is the word used most on the site. “I love you…” Many would leave their phone numbers, email addresses, in hope of a reply. In recognition of her immense contribution to the Nigerian film industry, Genevieve has been presented with numerous awards some of which have been in Dublin, London and America.
She won best actress of the year in the 2001 City People Awards and in 2005 at the maiden outing of the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). In 2004 a search for the face of Lux was embarked upon and out of several celebrities all over Africa Genevieve emerged with the highest votes. She graced several billboards and television stations with her enduring smile and personality.
In 2004, she was given a contract by a Ghanaian record label to produce an album which got immense attention locally and in several African countries. With several movies to her credit, and numerous fans around the world, in 2008, in a bid to give back to society, Genevieve launched her clothing line ‘St. Genevieve’ which donates a percentage of its proceeds to Charity – Orphanages.
Genevieve is quoted to be the highest paid and most desired actress in Nollywood today. A desire to be in contact touch with her fans after being absent from the web for about 6 years has resulted in the construction of her Twitter account @GenevieveNnaji1. This affords the actress the opportunity to keep in constant touch with her numerous fans the world over. The site is an interactive one and the heats have been outstanding.
Her life personifies the saying “All things are possible if you will only believe.” These words describe her: Determined, Focused, Humble and Creative. The best years of her career are still ahead.