Genevieve Nnaji was born on May 3, 1979, in Mbaise, the Eastern part of Nigeria. She grew up in Lagos and has 7 siblings with her father working as an Engineer and her mother, a Nursery school Teacher.
Genevieve Nnaji’s dreams of becoming an actress began at the age of 8 when she made her first screen appearance in the popular Nigerian soap opera ‘Ripples’.
At age 17, the young ‘wanna-be’ movie star got impregnated and even in secondary school but she did not let the circumstance of her pregnancy block her dreams of becoming what she wanted to be.
She was a student of Methodist Girls College, at Lagos and furthered to the University of Lagos after delivering her child.
Her introduction in the television series earned her some features in adverts for brands like Omo detergent and Pronto beverage.
From there eyeballs turned to her which eventually landed her in the Nollywood, the world’s third most leading film industry in the world.
At the age of 19, Genevieve Nnaji was given a shot to play a minor role in the movie ‘Most Wanted’.
Gradually, she was giving Nigerians a reason to be given that big shot at playing a lead role but it was forthcoming anyway in the long process.
She played supporting roles in the movie ‘Last Party’, ‘Mark of the Beast’ and later took Nigerians by surprise with a stunning performance in ‘Ijele’.
The dark-skinned actresses carved a niche for herself with the movies she featured in and successfully, she became a household name in Nigeria after she landed her first major role in ‘Sharon Stone’ in 2002.
As a matter of fact, the release of ‘Sharon Stone’ brought a revolution in Nollywood making her the one of the most sough-after-actress in Nigeria.
Her name thereafter, spread out to other parts of Africa, including Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya among others.
His outstanding performance and contribution to the Nigerian film industry earned her several awards and honors.
In 2001, Genevieve Nnaji won the ‘Best Actress of the Year’ at the City People Award.
Genevieve Nnaji became the face of multinational brand Lux which was the leading bathing soap in Africa.
She featured in a series of television commercials for Lux and her face was on billboards in Nigeria and other countries including Ghana.
Genevieve Nnaji did not only have the talent of acting, she was also gifted with singing.
She landed music recording deal with Ghanaian-owned record label EKB Records where she released her debut album, ‘One Logologo Line’.
At the first edition of the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2005, she also won the ‘Best Actress’
In 2008, she launched the St. Genevieve, a non-profit organization where she embarks on charity with the motive of giving back to society and supporting orphanages.
At a point in her career, she was very relevant and her face on the VCDs and DVD was the most selling making her the highest paid actor.
Her rise to fame was laid on determination, excellence, and humility.
Genevieve Nnaji is still a delight to watch as she watching her in newly produced movies brings some refreshment and nolstagia especially for movie lovers who watched her decades ago.