Wednesday May 3, 2016 marked Genevieve’s 37th birthday. The sultry actress still looks gorgeous . . .
Genevieve Nnaji was born on May 3, 1979 in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria but grew up in Lagos. Since she started her acting career decades ago, she has won awards including the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005. In 2011, she was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Nigerian government for her contribution to the Nigerian movie industry known as Nollywood.
Genevieve started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular Nigerian television soap opera, Ripples, at the age of 8. While at the university, she began auditioning for acting jobs in Nollywood. 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.
Genevieve is the fourth of eight children and was brought up in a middle class environment. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother as a nursery teacher. She attended Methodist Girls College (Yaba, Lagos), before transferring into the University of Lagos.
In 2004 she 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 2009, she was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.
In 2010 she starred in the award winning film Ijé: The Journey. Genevieve has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies. Genevieve Nnaji is considered to be one of the best paid actresses in Nollywood.
Genevieve has featured in several commercials some of which include the Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004 she became the “Face of Lux” in Nigeria in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. 2008 saw her launching a clothing line, “St. Genevieve”, which donates its proceeds to charity. In May 2010 she was appointed to be the official “Face of MUD” in Nigeria.
Genevieve has a child.