Born: 3 May 1979
Nigerian actress, singer and brand ambassador
Years active: 1987 – Present
Born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria, Genevieve Nnaji is the fourth of eight children. At the age of eight, Genevieve started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular soap opera ‘Ripples’. She was also featured in several commercials, which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. At the age of 19, in 1998, she made her debut in the Nigerian film industry with the movie ‘Most Wanted’.
When she starred in the movie ‘Sharon Stone’ in 2002, her fame shot beyond the shores of Nigeria to the rest of Africa and several European countries. As a way to further project herself to her fans beyond her country, she had a website constructed back in 2003, and it became one of the most visited Nigerian site on the Internet, within two it had 3549 hit on 355 pages. http://genevieveofficial.com.
Genevieve has received numerous awards as an honour for her immense contribution to the Nigerian film industry. Some of which have been in Dublin, London, and United States. In the 2001 City People Awards, she won best actress of the year, and also in 2005 at the inaugural awarding of the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
In 2004, a search for the face if Lux was embarked upon, and out of several celebrities all over Africa, Genevieve emerged with the highest votes. With her enduring smile and vivacious personality, she graced several billboards and television stations. In 2009, she made history by being the first Nigerian actress to be profiled on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on an episode about the most popular people around the world. She is believed to be one of the highest-paid and most desired actresses in Nollywood today.
Family Life: She has a daughter named Chimebuka and a brother named Steohan.
Associated with: Several Nigerian media outlets called her the Julia Roberts of Africa.
Trivia: Her film ‘30 Days’ earned 10 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards.