Genevieve Nnaji (born 3 May 1979) is a Nigerian actor, producer, and director. She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005, making her the first actor to win the award.
In 2011, she was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood. Her directorial debut movie, Lionheart, is the first Netflix Original from Nigeria, and first Nigerian submission for the Oscars. The movie was disqualified for having most of the dialogue in English.
Genevieve 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.
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 is 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.
Genevieve Nnaji Net Worth (2021)
Genevieve Nnaji is Nollywood’s first billionaire and the richest Nollywood actor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $10.5 million (N3,816,750,000 or N3.8 billion) after her movie ‘Lion Heart’ was purchased by Netflix for $3.8 million (N1,385,100,000 or N1.3 billion) in 2019. She is one of Nigeria’s highest-earning actors and is a brand ambassador to top companies worth millions of Naira. She bought a mansion for $4 million in Accra, Ghana. She also has two mansions in Lekki and Ikoyi, Lagos.