Genevieve Nnaji is an award-winning Nigeria actress, singer, honored as a member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigeria government for her contributions to the Nigeria movie industry.
Nnaji was born on May 3rd, 1979 in Mbaise town of Imo State, Nigeria.
She is the fourth child of eight children by an Engineering father and Nursery class teaching mother.
Her acting career begins as a child when she features in the then popular television Soap Opera “Ripples” at age 8.
The actress attended Methods Girls College in Yaba and University of Lagos also in Yaba where she studies Creative arts.
While at the University, she started auditioning for acting roles in Nollywood.
At age 19, she was introduced into Nigeria film industry by featuring in the movie “Most Wanted.”
In 2010, she starred in the award-winning movie “Ije”.
Nnaji has features in over 80 Nollywood movies and still counting.
It is understood that she is among the best paid actress in the Nigeria movie industry.
She was the first actress to be awarded as Best Actress at the 2001 City Peoples Awards.
Nnaji is also the first actress to be awarded as Best Actress by the Censor Board of Nigeria in 2003.
Oprah Winfrey referred to her as the Julia Roberts of Africa in 2009.
In 2004, she released her music debut album “One Logologo Line” after signing a record contract with EKB Records of Ghana.
Nnaji produced her first movie “Road to Yesterday” in 2015. The movie wins the Best Movie Overall-West Africa at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.
She became the “Face of Lux” in Nigeria, 2004.
In 2008, she launched a clothing line, “St. Genevieve.”
Genevieve Nnaji as won several awards that includes: Africa Movie Academy Awards (Best actress leading role) 2005, Nigeria Entertainments Awards (Best Actress Tv Series) 2010 and many more.