About Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress and model who is often referred to as a screen goddess. She was born in Mbaise local government area in Imo state, south eastern Nigeria where she hails from.
Miss Nnaji is the fourth child in a family of eight children. Her father retired as an engineer while her mother retired as a teacher, both parents reside in Lagos state.
Genevieve attended the famous Methodist Girls’ College in Yaba then the university of Lagos where she obtained a degree in creative arts.
The graceful actress who is one of the highest paid and most popular actress in nollywood began her career as a child actor in the popular television soap opera “Ripples” at the age of eight.
In 1999, she launched fully into the Nigerian film industry as an adult by starring in a block buster movie titled “Most Wanted” which also starred Regina Askia and Ayo Adesanya.
She hasn’t looked back since then as she has continued to make giant strides in the industry by starring in over hundred nollywood movies.
Genevieve Nnaji stands out as a professional and versatile actress whose expertise and hard work has placed her in the A list category of actors in Nigeria.
Rumor has it that, she is the highest paid actress in Nollywood. Her delivery and professionalism makes her a sought after celebrity.
In 2005, she won the African movie award for best actress in a leading role, making her the first Nigerian actress to win the award.
She grew so popular that she met Oprah Winfrey in 2009, she was featured in Oprah’s show where Oprah called her the Julia Robert of Africa and admitted that she was one of the biggest actors in the Africa.
Genevieve is also the first Nigerian actress to be awarded with the best actress award by the censors board of Nigeria in 2003.
In 2011, She was honored as a member of the order of the federal republic of Nigeria for her contributions to the growth of the entertainment industry.
The delectable actress has also featured in several advertisements and commercials like Pronto Beverage,Omo detergent, lux as the face of lux 2004, MUD cosmetic line as the face of MUD Nigeria 2010. In 2014, she launched her own clothing line St. Genevieve.
Ms Nnaji has gone from merely acting to producing her own movies. In 2015, she co produced “Road To Yesterday” which bagged several awards in the industry and she is currently working on “Lion’s Heart” which is to be released soon.
When the Nigerian government in 2003 and 2004 placed a ban on movie production in nollywood, many actors diverted into music and Genevieve was one of them.
Her album, titled “One Logo Logo Line” was produced and released in 2004 by EKB records, a Ghanian recording company which she signed a deal with. The music was so poor that critics advised her to stick to the movie industry and till date she has had no musical project.
In 2013, She played a significant role alongside Chinwetel Ejiofor, Onyeka Onwenu, Oc Ukeje and Thandie Newton in the adapted play of the renowned Nigerian American writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie “Half Of A Yellow Sun”.
Her filmography includes: Most Wanted (1998), Camouflage (1999), Valentino (2001), Sharon Stone (2001), Formidable Force (2002), Blood Sister (2002), Church Business (2002), Keeping Faith (2002), Private Sin (2003), Passion And Pain (2003), Unbreakable (2004), Games Women Play (2005), Girls Cot (2005), 30 Days (2006), Keep My Will (2007), Silent Scandals (2008), Ije (2009), Tango With Me (2010), Sacred Lies (2011), Weekend Getaway (2012),
Half Of A Yellow Sun (2013), Doctor Bello (2013), Road To Yesterday (2015), Lion Heart ( Post Production).
In 2004, Genevieve visited Liberia for humanitarian purposes and she was warmly received by an excited crowd of Liberians who were eleated at her presence. she was given a large piece of land to support her cause of aiding destitutes in Liberia.
Apart from Nigeria, she is very popular in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Liberia. This explains why she was ranked 40th in the FORBES List of most powerful celebrities in Africa in 2011.
Back here in Nigeria Genevieve mentors young girls through her St. Genevieve foundation which helps young girls to attain a level of self independence and sufficiency through financial and moral support.
The actress is a single parent to a daughter who is now a young adult. She keeps her relationships private and still single. Co actor Ramsey Noah is one of her close friends.
Deals And Endorsements of Genevieve Nnaji
As mentioned earlier, Genevieve Nnaji is one of Nigeria’s richest celebrities. Her list of deals, endorsements and movies is endless.
Vanguard once reported that Ms. Nnaji rakes in a whooping two hundred and twenty million naira from deals and endorsements only.
She has represented big brands like Lux, Cintrion Energy drink, Range Rover Evoghe, Etisalat, Polo and Amstel Malta.
Some of the deals fetched a good sum like Etisalat earned her hundred million naira, Polo payed her about seventy million while Cintrion Energy Drink payed her fifty million.
Net Worth of Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve is a powerful influence in Nollywood. Producers and Directors have attested to the fact that she’s highly professional and delivers without much ado.
This means that she is high demand and makes a lot of money from acting. Her total net worth is estimated at $8 million.
Awards of Genevieve Nnaji
The actress has had very many nominations but i will list the awards she has actually won.
Nigerian National Honor of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
Best Actress in a TV Show at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (2010).
Best Actress of the year in the City People’s Awards (2001).
Best Actress in a leading role at the African Movie Academy Awards AMAA (2005).
Best movie in West Africa (Road to yesterday) at the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards AMVCA (2016).
Best Actress in a supporting role for ‘Half of a yellow sun’ at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (2014).
Nollywood Movies Awards (2012) Best viewers choice Female.
Best Actress in an African Collaboration at the Ghana Movie Awards (2010).
Best Actress in a leading role at NAFCA (2013).
Best Actress at the Zulu African Film Academy Awards (2011).
Breakthrough Performance at the Monaco Charity Film Festival Awards(2011).
Beat Actress at the City Peoples Awards (2011).
Best of Nollywood Awards (2011).Buy and Sell Bitcoin in Nigeria - Register for free on Luno
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