Genevieve Nnaji

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Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji in Weekend Getaway.png
Genevieve Nnaji in "Weekend Getaway"
Born (1979-05-03) 3 May 1979 (age 37)
Mbaise, Imo, Nigeria
Alma mater University of Lagos
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 1987—present
Children 1

Genevieve Nnaji (/nˈnɑːi/;[1] born 3 May 1979)[2] is a Nigerian actress and singer.[3][4] She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005.[5][6][7] In 2011, she was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood.[8]

Early life[edit]

Nnaji was born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria but grew up in Lagos, 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 where she graduated with bachelor degree in creative arts. While at the university, she began auditioning for acting jobs in Nollywood.[7]


Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera Ripples at the age of 8.[9] In 1998 at the age of 19 she was introduced into the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie "Most Wanted".[10] Her subsequent movies include Last Party, Mark of the Beast and Ijele.[9] In 2010 she starred in the award winning film Ijé: The Journey. Nnaji has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies.[11] Genevieve Nnaji is considered to be one of the best paid actresses in Nollywood.[12][13] In 2009, she was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.[14][15]

In 2004 she signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album One Logologo Line,[16] a mix of R&B, Hip-Hop and Urban music.[17]


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[18] in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal.[7] In 2008 Nnaji launched the clothing line, "St. Genevieve", which donates its proceeds to charity.[6][19] In May 2010 Nnaji was appointed to be the official "Face of MUD" in Nigeria.[20][21][22][23][24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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 Africa Movie Academy Awards.[5][7]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Leading role Road to Yesterday Nominated
2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Movie West Africa Road to Yesterday Won
2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress Leading Role Road to yesterday Nominated
2014 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress In a Supporting Role Half of a Yellow Sun Won
2014 ELOY Awards[25] Brand Ambassador of the Year (Etisalat) N/A Nominated
2013 2013 THE FACE LIST AWARDS ( USA) honoree[26]
2013 Nafca Best Actress In A Supporting Role Weekend Getaway Won
2013 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress Leading role Doctor Bello Nominated
2013 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actress In Drama Mirror Boy Nominated
2012 2012 Nollywood Movies Awards Best Actress Leading role Tango With Me Nominated
2012 Nollywood Movies Awards Female Viewers Choice Won
2012 2012 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Female Viewers Choice N/A Nominated
2011 Zulu African Film Academy Awards London Best Actress Mirror Boy Won
2011 Monaco Charity Film a Festival Awards Breakthrough Performance ( Actress) Mirror Boy Won[27]
2012 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress Leading role Mirror Boy Nominated
Best Kiss in Nigerian movie Bursting Out with Majid Michel Won
2010 2010 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actress in TV Series/Reality Show/ Game Show Guinness Ultimate Survivor Celebrity edition Won
2010 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress - West Collaboration Silent Scandals Won
2010 2010 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress Leading Role Silent Scandals Nominated
2008 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in leading role 30days/keep my will Nominated
2005 1st Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role N/A Won
2001 2001 City People Awards Best Actress of the year N/A Won


Year Film Role Notes
1998 Most Wanted
1999 Camouflage with Ramsey Nouah
2001 Love Boat with Ramsey Nouah
Death Warrant
2002 Valentino with Ramsey Nouah
Fire Dancer Nene
Sharon Stone Sharon Stone
Runs! Adesua with Gorgina Onuoha
Power of Love Juliet with Ramsey Nouah, Grace Amah
Formidable Force with Gorgina Onuoha & Hanks Anuku
Battle Line with Ramsey Nouah & Pete Edochie
2003 Above Death: In God We Trust with Pete Edochie, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Ramsey Nouah & Zack Orji
Blood Sister with Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde & Tony Umez
Break Up with Ramsey Nouah
Butterfly with Ramsey Nouah
By His Grace with Tony Umez
Church Business with Ramsey Nouah & Segun Arinze
Deadly Mistake
Emergency Wedding with Tony Umez
Emotional Tears Helen
For Better for Worse
Honey with Ramsey Nouah & Pete Edochie
Jealous Lovers Chioma
Keeping Faith: Is That Love? with Richard Mofe-Damijo
Last Weekend with Ramsey Nouah
Late Marriage
Love Anita with Richard Mofe-Damijo & Segun Arinze
My only Love Angela with Ramsey Nouah
Not Man Enough
Passion & Pain with Ramsey Nouah & Desmond Elliot
Passions with Stella Damasus-Aboderin & Richard Mofe-Damijo
Player: Mr. Lover Man
Private Sin Faith with Stephanie Okereke, Richard Mofe-Damijo & Patience Ozokwor
Sharon Stone in Abuja Sharon Stone
Super Love with Ramsey Nouah & Pete Edochie
The Chosen One
Women Affair
2004 Bumper to Bumper with Georgina Onuoha
Critical Decision with Richard Mofe-Damijo, Stephanie Okereke & Mike Ezuruonye
Dangerous Sister with Tony Umez & Dakore Egbuson
Goodbye New York with Rita Dominic
He Lives in Me
Into Temptation with Ramsey Nouah
My First Love with Tony Umez
Never Die for Love
Promise Me Forever with Stephanie Okereke
Stand by Me
Unbreakable with Ramsey Nouah
We Are One with Stella Damasus-Aboderin
2005 Darkest Night with Richard Mofe-Damijo & Segun Arinze
Games Women Play with Stella Damasus-Aboderin, Desmond Elliot & Zack Orji
Rip-Off with Ramsey Nouah
2006 Girls Cot with Rita Dominic & Ini Edo
30 Days Chinora Onu with Segun Arinze – this film received 10 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008,
including Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Edit, Best Costumes and Best Sound[28]
2007 Letters to a Stranger Jemima Lawal with Yemi Blaq, Joke Silva and Segun Arinze
Keep my will
Warrior's Heart
Unfinished business Nkem
Winds of glory Juliana
2008 Beautiful Soul Olivia this film received 3 African Movie Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay,
Best Soundtrack and Heart of Africa[29]
Broken Tears with Van Vicker, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal and Grace Amah
Critical Condition Ify
River of Tears Yvonne with Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Van Vicker and Grace Amah
My Idol
Love my way Kayla
2009 Silent Scandals Jessie with Majid Michel & Uche Jombo[30]
Felicima Felicima with Alex Lopez[31]
2010 Ijé: The Journey Chioma Opara with Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Odalys García & Clem Ohameze[32]
Tango with me Lola with Joke Silva
Bursting Out Zara Williams with Majid Michel, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Omoni Oboli & Desmond Elliot[33][34]
Mirror Boy Teema with Osita Iheme[35]
2011 Sacred Lies Isabella with Olu Jacobs, Desmond Elliot & Nadia Buari[36]
2012 Weekend Getaway with Ramsey Noah, Ini Edo, Michael Okpara
2013 Half of a Yellow Sun Ms. Adebayo with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, and OC Ukeje
Doctor Bello with Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Justus Esiri, and Stephanie Okereke
2014 The Truth with Olisa Guest TV Series
2015 Road to Yesterday Victoria with Oris Erhuero and Majid Michel



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