Genevieve Nnaji is a popular Nollywood and Hollywood actress. Read her biography, background, education, career, Filmography, Net Worth, Awards and more.
She was born on 3 May 1979 to an average Nigerian Catholic home. Her father worked as engineer and her mom a teacher.
She was born in Mbaise in Imo State, South East Nigeria but grew up in Lagos State. Ever since starting her acting career at the age of 8, she has steadily risen through the ladder and has become one of the biggest exports of multi-billion naira Nigeria’s movie industry Nollywood as her name has become a household name across Africa and beyond.
Genevieve Nnaji has thousands of followers and admirers on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. She has a daughter, Chimebuka who is based in the United States and she has successfully kept her away from the prying eyes of Nigerian press.
American news channel, CNN referred to her as Julia Roberts of Africa in their popular documentary, African Voices. Note that it was originally used by Oprah Winfrey, who during her interview with Nnaji used the word to describe her.
Genevieve Nnaji is the first Nigerian actress to ever appear on Oprah Winfrey talk show.
Beautiful Genevieve Nnaji attended Methodist Girls College, Yaba in Lagos. After successfully finishing her secondary education, she moved to University of Lagos where she studied Creative Arts.
1. Acting: Like I earlier said, Genevieve Nnaji started acting at the early age of 8. She was brought to stardom after acting in soap opera, Ripples.
At the age of 19, she acted in the movie, Most Wanted that further shut her into bigger stardom. The movie was blockbuster back then in Nollywood as many Nigerian home videos admirers quickly fell in love with the characters of the movie.
Other movies that she acted immediately afterwards were Ijele, Last Party and Mark of the Beast so these films helped propel this icon that many Nigeria movie lovers love and admire today.
Genevieve Nnaji has featured in over 90 Nollywood films and she is considered one of the highest paid Nollywood actresses. She is the role model of many aspiring young ladies who are dying to meet with her in person.
2. Singing: In 2004 Genevieve Nnaji was signed on to a Ghanaian record label, EKB Records. And later she released her first album titled Logologo which many Nigerian music critics considered a big flop.
She ventured into music when she was banned from acting films because of high fees she slams on movie makers.
3. Modelling: On meeting with Genevieve Nnaji, one thing you must not fail to establish is her radiating beauty. In addition to her great acting skills and exceptional talent, her radiating beauty has immensely contributed to her continuous rise to stardom.
This has also made her win many endorsement deals with many companies like Amstel, Etisalat, Jumia, etc.
She has also featured in many companies’ commercials like Pronto Beverage and Omo Detergent. She became the Face of Lux and official Face of MUD in 2004. Furthermore, she launched her clothing line, St. Genevieve in 2008.
Genevieve Nnaji is a single mom who has openly admitted that her fear of divorce has been her major challenge discouraging her from settling down.
It has been rumored that she has been having sizzling affairs with fellow celebrities.
1. Ramsey Nouah: Genevieve Nnaji and popular Nigerian actor have done of couple of films together, and it is often rumored that they are dating.
But according to Ramsey Nouah, they are mere colleagues though because people will always make a mischief out of everything they see, they tend to think that they are dating.
Well, he said that Genevieve Nnaji has not helped the situation either. Their fans always say they would make a perfect couple too.
Ramsey Nouah is happily married to a very beautiful and understanding wife, Emike Philip Nouah. Some of the films they did together include Love Boat, Camouflage, Valentino, Battle Line, etc.
2. D’Banj (Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo): The name D’Banj rings a bell to all Nigerian music pundits and lovers both in Africa and all over the world. One of highly rumored gist to ever come out of Nigerian entertainment was the affair between D’Banj and Genevieve Nnaji.
Many entertainment lovers followed the gist with zeal and enthusiasm hoping that they would finally say I do, something that never happened.
Well, it all started when D’Banj featured Genevieve Nnaji in his hit video, fall in love. The video saw the two celebrities kissing each other emotionally.
That singular action fueled the rumor that they were having a sizzling relationship. They were always seen together at events too.
For example, Genevieve Nnaji attended his birthday party in London. Rumours had it that she was madly in love with D’Banj but because D’Banj is largely seen across Nigeria as a man who never takes women seriously, their relationship never went to the next level.
3. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde: Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is another great icon that represents the face of Nollywood. She is even often considered to be much prettier and have made more impact on the industry more than Genevieve Nnaji.
This comparison fuelled a secret beef between them. Close observers who are mutual friends of these queen goddesses say they don’t talk on location, and hardly wish to feature in any films together because of the battle for supremacy and superiority.
Many industry observers, stakeholders and writers have many different reasons for this feud and also have firsthand experiences of their beef. For example, the producer of blockbuster, Ije: The Journey, Chineze Anyaene said this fight for superiority almost ruined the movie, but that it was quickly settled.
The ban on expensive movie actors and actresses also affected Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.
Genevieve Nnaji is considered one of the richest actresses in Nollywood because of her enterprising nature. Apart from acting, she also sings, has a clothing line, model for brands at a fee and other forms of businesses.
Unconfirmed sources say she is worth over N850 million. She always comes top in the rank of the richest actresses in Nollywood.
She was once banned from acting in the industry for demanding high charges though the ban has since been lifted.
The continuous rise to stardom of Genevieve Nnaji across Africa and all over the world compelled her to open her official website where people with genuine businesses can reach her.
Visit her website on www.genevieveofficial.com to read about the amazing actress. On the website, you will read latest news about her, her business and links to follow her to other social pages, and leave a message if you like.
The website is arguably one of websites that draws highest amount of traffics in Nigeria.
Genevieve Nnaji has an amazing fashion sense as many young ladies who see her as their role models often want to try out every good-looking designer gown, jumpsuit, corporate suit, top and jeans she is seen putting on in public.
This is because people see her as a celebrity who has good fashion judgment. Yes, remember she has a clothing line, St. Genevieve.
Reporys say that enterprising and beautiful Genevieve Nnaji acquired a mansion in Ghana worth US$4million.
Another version of the gist has it that the mansion located at affluent area of Achimota in Accra, Ghana was bought for the icon by her boyfriend who happens to be a billionaire from Ghana.
In 2013, it was reported also that Genevieve Nnaji acquired a mansion at Parkview in Ikoyi, Lagos. Sources say the mansion is worth more than N150 million and moved her parents to a multi-million naira home in Lekki.
Genevieve Nnaji has appeared in over 90 films, but some of her popular films include Road to Yesterday (2015), Doctor Bello (2013), Half of a Yellow Sun (2011), Tango with Me (2010), Ije: The Journey (2009), Games Women Play (2005), Goodbye New York (2003), Not Man Enough (2003), Power of Love (2002), Most wanted (1998), and so many others.
Gorgeous Genevieve Nnaji has received several awards in her time. Some of them include Best Actress of the year by City People (2001), Best Actress in a Leading Role by Africa Movie Academy (2005), and so many others.