Profile Of Genevieve Nnaji (Nigerian Actress)

Date Of Birth: 3 May 1979

State Of Origin: Imo

Movies Acted: Ripples; Most Wanted; Valentino; For Better for Worse; Not Man Enough; Passion & Pain; Player: Mr. Lover Man; Private Sin; The Chosen One; Women Affair; Bumper to Bumper; He Lives in Me; Into Temptation; Promise Me Forever; Stand by Me; Treasure; Unbreakable; Keep my will; Warrior’s Heart; Unfinished business; Weekend Getaway; Half of a Yellow Sun; Doctor Bello; Road to Yesterday; The Truth with Olisa; etc.

Awards Won: Best Actress (2001), Best Actress In Leading Role (2005), Best Actress Tv Series (2010), Viewers Choice- Female (2012), Best Actress-Africa Collaboration (2010), Best Actress (2011), Breakthrough Performance (Actress) (2011), Best Kiss with Majid Michel (2011), Best Actress Leading Role (2013), Best Actress in Supporting Role (2014), Best Movie West Africa (2016).

Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress. In 2005 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Early life

Nnaji was born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. The fourth of eight children she was brought up in a middle class environment. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother as a teacher. She attended the Methodist Girls College Yaba before heading onto the University of Lagos. While at the university Genevieve began auditioning for acting jobs amongst the many Nollywood projects.


Nnaji 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. Nnaji has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies. Genevieve Nnaji is considered to be one of the best paid actresses in Nollywood. 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.


Nnaji has featured in several commercials some of which include Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004 she became the “Face of Lux” in Nigeria in a highly lucra­tive spon­sor­ship deal.2008 saw Nnaji launching a 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.

Awards and nominations

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 African Movie Academy Awards.

CNN states that she is referred to as the “Julia Roberts of Africa”.

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