Genevieve Nnaji – Biography

Full Name: Genevieve Nnaji

Stage Name: Genevieve/Genny

Place of Birth:  Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria


Date of Birth: 3rd of May 1979

Marriage Status: Single

Children: 1

Education: Methodist Girls College Yaba and graduated from the University of Lagos

Languages: English,


Occupation: Actress, Singer, Model, Brand ambassador

AwardsBest Actress in a Leading Role (AMAA), Best Actress of the year award at the 2001 City People Awards


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 PartyMark 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.

Her name became a household name and her image the desire of every young girl. In 2002, she starred in the movie Sharon Stone (2002) (V), and her fame shot beyond the shores of Nigeria to the rest of Africa and several European countries. One can say that through the buzz, Genevieve reinvented the Nigerian film Industry, introducing Nollywood to the rest of the world.

Genevieve appeals just as warmly to Kenyans, Liberians, South Africans, and Ghanaians, who avidly watch Nigerian home videos at home and abroad. Genevieve has led the market into new territories today.

She took the extra step of projecting herself beyond Nigeria by having a Web site constructed back in 2003, and it was arguably the most-visited Nigerian site on the Internet. Its fame spread like wildfire, a jolly virus: 3549 hits on 355 pages in two weeks.

In recognition of her immense contribution to the Nigerian film industry, Genevieve was presented with numerous awards, some of which have been in Dublin, London, and the United States. She won best actress of the year in the 2001 City People Awards and in 2005 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading RoleCNN states that she is referred to as the “Julia Roberts of Africa”.

In 2004, a search for the face of Lux was embarked upon, and out of several celebrities all over Africa, Genevieve emerged with the highest votes. She graced several billboards and television stations with her enduring smile and personality. The same year, she was contracted by a Ghanaian record label to record an album, which got immense attention locally and in several African countries.

With several movies to her credit, and numerous fans around the world, in 2008, in a bid to give back to society, Genevieve launched her clothing line, St. Genevieve, which donates a percentage of its proceeds to charity–orphanages. In 2009, Genevieve made history by being the first Nigerian actress to be profiled on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (1986) on an episode about the most popular people around the world. Genevieve is believed to be the highest-paid and most desired actress in Nollywood today.

A desire to be in touch with her fans after being absent from the Web for about 6 years has resulted in the construction of a new site. This affords the actress the opportunity to keep in constant touch with her numerous fans the world over. The site is an interactive one. and the hits have been outstanding.

Her life personifies the saying “All things are possible if you will only believe.” These words describe her: determined, focused, humble, and creative. The best years of her career are still ahead.

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53 Responses to "Genevieve Nnaji – Biography"

  1. don david says:

    happy birthday to u, nnaji may the good lord be wil u all the days of ur life

  2. lawal says:

    happy birthday to genny,she is one of the actress that promoting naijawood,infact she is such genius type ,am .happy for her

  3. Isaac Jacob says:

    She is a good actress and a role model 2 all youngstars.

  4. Collins eze says:

    Geni is a super woman

  5. vicky says:

    u r realy a goal geta, i luv ur way of fucus, vision n style.

  6. Nyasha Elvis says:

    I lyk u Genny, u a star.

  7. Eddx says:

    U too much…. I wish Nollywood would av som1 who wud act d way do after ya exit… U r a star n am proud of U, Nollywood n Naija @ large r ol proud of U.

  8. U re great genevieve nd one more thing is dat u nd my sister so much 2 d extend dat people start calling ur sister genny keep it up. says:
  9. Nina says:

    I love u,becos u er a star 4real k.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Genevive baby has contributed immensely 2 movie production,and i urge her 2 keep it 1 of her fans,one luv geny.

  11. Ileyemi kehinde says:

    U’ve really been a great actress.Wish nollywood would be able to produce more great pple like u.

  12. Angy Babe says:

    You re jst An Angel. Genny u re bless.carry on .

  13. Oloyede tobi says:

    Genevieve is really a star,not just a star but a supar 1, i love her,her style,genevieve carry on.

  14. Getrude Patrick says:

    I luv Genevieve Nnaji. Keep on wit ur good work. I like ur way.

  15. charity says:

    lov de way you act, kip it up

  16. Mariam juma says:

    Bravo dear i wish u were in Kenya. Maybe you would’ve helped upcoming youth to build their talent please just find one your fine time en pay us a visit here in Kenya

  17. oforka emeka says:

    nawah oooh

  18. Fridah says:

    Honstly m touchd , movd nd so speechles yo evrythng

  19. uju odili says:

    i luv u gene i went to be like u can u help me

  20. Anonymous says:

    I love u with all my hart

  21. Marymary says:

    I luv ur swag

  22. nwanne glory victor says:

    genny i must tell u that u are truly a model but i hav a problem here people around me keep saying and insisting that we both look alike pls permit me to send u a pics of mine for confirmation tanx God bless and increase u.

  23. Bakhita says:

    well ambitious and you are a goal setter, but why did you refuse to get marry even though you have a grown pretty daughter..

  24. sunday oguche aka Yobo says:


  25. ekama delisa says:

    jenny i love u and i will be like u sumday i wil make u pround

  26. chinenyegift says:

    Are away dat Jesus will take de saint away soon?

  27. Osuka Faithson says:

    Fantastic. Compliment of the season.

  28. uchendu maryann says:

    Aunty Jenny I wnt to be ur house help

  29. rejoice ebere says:

    u too much Genny ….long life is wat I pray for u sweetone

  30. Mrs H N says:

    U a the best.

  31. sexy diva says:

    I luv u Genny

  32. Tessy offor says:

    jeney i love u and ur way i which i can see u someday keep it up

  33. Hakeem Babatunde SHITTU says:

    What about training the upcoming stars.Any training anchor by you Will bring out the best in others, especially among your numerous fans.Wishing you long healthy life.

  34. onovo frank says:

    jenny you are special don’t wish to be someone else you can emulate her steps.


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