Genevieve Nnaji represents the true African woman; quintessential, beautiful, hardworking and dedicated, successful and focused. She is regarded as one of the best females in Nigeria and Africa to ever grace the silver screens. Her success over the years in the Nollywood movie industry and a fair amount of success in the American version (Hollywood) makes Genevieve Nnaji unrivaled. Only a few actresses come close to her level of success and stardom, one of which is Omotola Jalade Ekehinde.
With a deceptive body and looks that defy her age, Genevieve Nnaji is undoubtedly a veteran actress with nearly three decades of active participation in the Nigerian entertainment industry. The multiple award-winning Nollywood actress has always been a delight to watch, her dressing, beauty, and charisma have won her many accolades and mouth-watering deals with local and international brands.
Genevieve Nnaji is popularly celebrated, acknowledged and recognized both by Nigeria and abroad.
Genevieve Nnaji Biography
Genevieve Nnaji (born 3 May 1979) is an award-winning veteran Nigerian actor, producer, and director born in Mbaise, Imo State, southeast Nigeria, and grew up in Lagos. She is the fourth of eight children, she was raised in a middle-class family; her father worked as an engineer and her mother as a nursery school teacher. She attended Methodist Girls College (Yaba, Lagos), before transferring to the University of Lagos, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in creative arts. Her directorial debut movie, Lionheart, is the first Netflix Original from Nigeria, and first Nigerian submission for the Oscars. Genevieve Nnaji is Nollywood’s first billionaire since Netflix purchased her movie Lionheart for ₦1,385,100,000 ($3.8 million).
Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actor 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 200 Nollywood movies.
In 2004, Nnaji signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album One Logologo Line. It is a mix of R&B, Hip-Hop, and Urban music. Sadly, despite enjoying a fair amount of popularity with her single ‘No More‘, a song that advocated women’s rights, the pretty actress only had a short stint as a musician.
As of 2009, Nnaji was one of the best-paid female actors in Nollywood. Due to her contributions to the Nigerian movie industry, she became the first actor 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 actor 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 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.
In January 2018, it was reported that Genevieve would be replacing Funke Akindele as a member of the Dora Milaje in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. This was later debunked as an internet prank and the actor did not appear in the movie.
On September 7, 2018, her directorial debut Lionheart was acquired by online streaming service Netflix, making it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria. The movie had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, alongside Farming, the Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s autobiographical directorial debut where she starred in alongside Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Genevieve Nnaji is Nollywood’s first billionaire since Netflix purchased her movie Lionheart for ₦1,385,100,000 ($3.8 million).
Feminism, Advocacy, and Women Rights
Genevieve Nnaji is a very strong girl and woman activist. She advocates for Nigerian girls to be able to have a say in who they choose to marry. She is against early marriages for the girl child. She is strongly against abuse of women in society. Genevieve says she is a strong advocate for social justice. Further, Genevieve Nnaji is a strong feminist. She states her type of feminism is the woman who has the right to make her own choices and do whatever she feels like.
Genevieve Nnaji’s Daughter
Genevieve Nnaji has a daughter (Theodora Chimebuka Nnaji) she had at age 17. Genevieve had once explained that she didn’t know she was pregnant until her mom discovered it. Since she was from a Catholic family she had to keep the baby as abortion was against their beliefs. After her birth, Chimebuka was raised by her grandmother.
While Genevieve is not married, Theodora reportedly had her marriage introduction in 2016 and got married to her husband at Mbaise, at her grandparents’. Genevieve had raised her daughter away from the prying social media and lived a very private life which makes it difficult for much to be known about the daughter.
Genevieve Nnaji Net Worth
Genevieve Nnaji is Nollywood’s first billionaire since Netflix purchased her movie Lionheart for ₦1,385,100,000 ($3.8 million). She is one of Nigeria’s highest-earning actors and she is a brand ambassador to top organizations worth millions of Naira. She bought a mansion for $4 million in Accra, Ghana. She also has two mansions in Lekki and Ikoyi, Lagos. Genevieve Nnaji’s estimated net worth is $10.5 million.