The name, Genevieve Nnaji is one that you can’t help appreciating when you hear it. The Nollywood veteran has caught our interest lately because of her latest movie, ‘Lionheart’ which has put Nollywood on the international movie scene. She was the producer as well as the leading actress in the film. She is unarguably the most sought after actress in Nollywood now.
Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress, producer and director. She was born on the 3rd of May 1979 in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria but grew up in Lagos. The fourth of eight children,Genevieve was brought up in a middle class environment.
Her father worked as an engineer and her mother as a nursery school teacher. She attended Methodist Girls College, Yaba, Lagos, before transferring into the University of Lagos where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in creative arts. While she was at the university, she began auditioning for acting jobs in Nollywood.
Genevieve started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera Ripples at the age of 8. In 1998, at the age of 19, she was introduced into the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie “Most Wanted”. Her subsequent movies include Last Party, Mark of the Beast and Ijele. In 2010, she starred in the award-winning film, Ijé: The Journey. She has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies.
As of 2009, Nnaji was one of the best paid actresses in Nollywood. Due to her contributions to the Nigeria movie industry, she became the first actress to be awarded Best Actress at the 2001 City Peoples Awards, the award ceremony that previously had only recognized politicians and business conglomerates. She was also the first actress to be awarded as Best Actress by the Censors Board of Nigeria in 2003. In 2009, she was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.
In 2004, Nnaji signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album One Logologo Line, a mix of R&B, Hip-Hop and Urban music. In November 2015 Nnaji produced her first movie called Road to Yesterday, later winning Best Movie Overall-West Africa at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Nnaji has featured in several commercials some of which include those of Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004 she became the “Face of Lux“ in Nigeria in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. In 2008, Nnaji launched the clothing line, “St. Genevieve”, which donates its proceeds to charity. In May 2010, Nnaji was appointed to be the official “Face of MUD“ in Nigeria.
Nnaji has received several awards and nominations for her work, including the Best Actress of the year award at the 2001 City People Awards and the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2005 edition of Africa Movie Academy Awards making her the first actress to win the award. In 2011, she was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood.
On September 7, 2018 her directorial debut “Lion heart” was acquired by online streaming service, Netflix marking it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria. Genevieve also confirmed the news via her social media handle after its announcement by the company. This happened after the movie debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Taking into account how terrible the sound of a significant number of our movies are, Lion Heart, meeting all the conveyance particulars is amazing and a test to whatever is left of the business. It’s additionally a palette chemical as a few of the movies which made the 2016 Spotlight had flinch prompting sound quality (sound blend), drawing feedback both from the paying gathering of people and the analysts. What ought to have been a decent trip transformed into a showcase of absence of sound craftsmanship. None of this occurred by incident, nor was it a supernatural occurrence, yet vital building by Ms Nnaji.