Genevieve Nnaji, born on May 3, 1979, is a Nigerian actress, producer, and movie director widely known for her ability to act and play key roles, especially in movies.
Genevieve Nnaji hails from Mbaise, Imo State, the south-eastern part of Nigeria where she was born, and she grew up in Lagos.
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, and in 2011 she was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contributions to Nollywood.
Early Life and Education
Genevieve Nnaji was born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria, where she hails from, although she grew up in Lagos State, where she began her acting career.
She is the fourth child in a family of eight, raised in a middle-class family; her father worked as an engineer while her mother was a nursery school teacher.
Genevieve Nnaji attended Methodist Girls College (Yaba, Lagos), for her secondary education and earned her Senior School Certificate.
She later proceeded to the University of Lagos, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts.
During her time at the university, she began auditioning for acting roles in Nollywood and she played a role as a child actor in the popular television opera Ripples at the age of 8.
Genevieve was later introduced into the Nigerian movie industry in 1998, while she was 19 years old, and she featured in the movie Most Wanted.
She also appeared in other movies including Last Party, Mark of the Beast, and Ijele, which earned her massive fame in the industry. In 2010, she starred in the award-winning film Ijé: The Journey.
Since she came into the spotlight, Genevieve Nnaji has now starred in over 200 Nollywood movies.
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, and in 2011, she was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contributions to Nollywood.
Genevieve Nnaji debuted with his directorial movie, Lionheart, which is the first Netflix original from Nigeria and the first Nigerian submission for the Oscars. However, the movie was disqualified for having most of its dialogue in English.
In 2004, Genevieve Nnaji signed a recording contract with a Ghanaian record label, EKB Records, and released her debut album, One Logologo Line, which consists of a mix of R&B, Hip-Hop, and Urban music, same year, she received the most votes after contending with other celebrities for the search for the face of Lux.
She is one of the most successful Nollywood actresses, having starred in several movies, making the country proud, earning an honor from the Nigerian government.
Genevieve Nnaji Net Worth
The net worth of Genevieve Nnaji is an estimated $10 million. She is a talented and popular actress, producer, and director. The beautiful and charming actress makes money through acting and endorsement deals.
Is Genevieve Nnaji married? The actress is not yet married, but she has a daughter named Chimebuka Nnaji. She has not revealed the identity of her daughter’s father.
Genevieve Nnaji gave birth to her daughter Chimebuka Nnaji when she was 17 years old and has been the one taking care of her without disclosing information about the father.
Genevieve Nnaji’s daughter got married to Prince Osi Chigozie Ihediwa. The marriage took place in 2016 in Mbaise, Imo State.