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Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji at the launch of her fashion label St.Genevieve in Lagos Nigeria, May 2008
Born Genevieve Nnaji
May 3, 1979 (1979-05-03) (age 30)
Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria
Occupation Actress, Model, Singer

Genevieve Nnaji, (pronounced /n'nɑːdʒɪ/,[1] born May 3, 1979 in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria),[2] is a Nigerian actress. In 2005 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[3]


Early life

Genevieve Nnaji grew up in Lagos the commercial capital of 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.[3]


Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera Ripples at the age of 8.[4] She also featured in several commercials some of which include Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004 she became the face of Lux soap[5] in a highly lucra­tive spon­sor­ship deal.[3]

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.[4] She has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies.[6]

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.[3]

In 2004 she signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album One Logologo Line,[7] a mix of R&B, Hip-Hop and Urban music.[8]

2008 saw Nnaji launching a clothing line, "St. Genevieve", which donates a percentage of its proceeds to charity.[9][10][11]

Genevieve Nnaji is one of the best paid actresses in Nollywood.[12]


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
Sharon Stone Sharon Stone
Runs! with Gorgina Onuoha
Power of Love Juliet with Ramsey Nouah, Grace Amah
Formidable Force with Gorgina Onuoha
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[13]
2007 Letters to a Stranger with Segun Arinze
Warrior's Heart
2008 Beautiful Soul Olivia this film received 3 African Movie Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay,
Best Soundtrack and Heart of Africa[14]
Broken Tears with Van Vicker, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal and Grace Amah
Critical Condition
River of Tears Yvonne with Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Van Vicker and Grace Amah
My Idol
2009 Ijé: The Journey Chioma with Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Odalys García & Clem Ohameze[15][16][17]
Silent Scandal Jessy with Majid Michel & Uche Jumbo[18][19]


  1. ^ "Movie trailer calling Nnaji's name at 1:06 into the trailer". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Genevieve Nnaji, Date of Birth". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Africa’s Most Famous Movie Star?". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  4. ^ a b "MIMI Lifestyle Magazine, February 2006: Interview with Genevieve Nnaji". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Genevieve Nnaji & Lux advertisement". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  6. ^ "List of Movies by Genevieve Nnaji". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  7. ^ "Genevieve at Blue Pie Productions". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Genevieve: One Logologo Line". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  9. ^ "Genevieve Nnaji starts clothing line". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  10. ^ "Genevieve Nnaji at". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  11. ^ "Genevieve Nnaji at". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  12. ^ "Best Paid Nollywood Actresses Revealed". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  13. ^ "List of Nominees for AMAA 2008". Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  14. ^ "AMAA 2009: List of Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  15. ^ "Ijé - The Journey: Brief Review". Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  16. ^ "Odalys García's first feature film: Ijé -The Journey". Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  17. ^ "Groundbreaking movie, Ije, hits cinema". Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  18. ^ "Silent Scandals set for release". Guardian Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  19. ^ "Silent Scandals hits movie shelves soon". Vintage Press Limited. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 

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