Genevieve Nnaji is a famous Nollywood actress, singer, model, entrepreneur, television personality and a philanthropist. She has been regarded as the highest paid actress in Nigeria. She is always known for playing in sorrowful, romantic and action thriller movies. She has been in the industry for over 2 decades. She always plays the role of a princess, a servant, a palace maid, an orphan, a secondary school student and a house wife in several Nollywood movies.
She was born on 3rd May, 1979 in Mbaise, a small town in Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria and grew up in Yaba, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. She is currently 40 years old. Genevieve Nnaji is originally from Mbaise, a small town in Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria and started acting at a very tender age. She is very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented. She knows how to interpret her roles very well and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
Genevieve Nnaji is the fourth child in a family of eight children. She was brought up in a middle class environment in Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria. Her father worked as an engineer in Lagos State while her mother worked as a teacher in Lagos State. As a kid Genevieve Nnaji dream was to become an actress. She completed her primary school education in Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate.
After completing her primary school education, Genevieve Nnaji attended Methodist Girls College Yaba in Lagos State, Nigeria and obtained her West African Senior School Certificate. While still in secondary school she was actively involved in drama, stage play and performing arts. After completing her secondary school education, Genevieve Nnaji proceeded University of Lagos (UNILAG) and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. While still in the university as an undergraduate Genevieve Nnaji began auditioning for acting jobs in Nollywood movies.
She started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera “Ripples” at the age of 8 years old. In 1998, she joined the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood professionally and started acting in movies professional at the age of 19 years old. Her first movie is titled “Most Wanted” an action thriller movie in which she acted alongside with Ibinabo Fiberesima and Regina Askia in 1998.
Genevieve Nnaji received an award for Best Actress of the year at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2001. In 2004 she signed a recording contract deal with EKB Records and released her first debut studio album titled “One Logologo Line”. In 2005, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Genevieve Nnaji is considered to be one of the best paid actresses in Nigeria. She has starred in over 200 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies she has acted include Most Wanted, Ijé, Last Party, Ijele, Mark of the Beast, Blood Sisters, Iron Heart, True Love, and many more. She acts mostly in love and romantic movies alongside with Emeka Ike, Ramsey Naoh, Jim Iyke, and other top Nollywood celebrities.
Genevieve Nnaji currently has an estimated net worth of over $8 million, making her one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria. She is also very popular on social media with more than 5 million followers on her official Instagram handle. She has featured in several commercials like Omo detergent and Maggi.
In 2004, she became the “Face of Lux” in a sponsorship deal worth millions of Naira. Genevieve has several exotic cars in her garage. She also has a mansion in Lagos and another mansion in Abuja. In 2018, her movie “Lion Heart” was featured on Netflix. Her movie became the first movie from African descent to appear on Netflix. The movie was sold at a whopping some of N1.4 billion naira ($4 million).
Genevieve Nnaji has been regarded as one of the most beautiful actresses in Nigeria. She currently has a grown up daughter who is already married. She gave birth to her daughter out of wedlock when she was just 19 years old. She was put in a family way by a guy she met during her secondary school days at Methodist High School Yaba, Lagos, who impregnated her and ran away. She single handedly took care of her daughter and nurtured her till she became a full grown woman and now her beautiful daughter is married and she will soon become a grandmother.
Genevieve Nnaji aside from acting is also an entrepreneur, film producer and a serial investor. In 2008 she launched a clothing line popularly known as “St. Genevieve” in Lekki Phase 1 of Lagos State. She also has other brands like Genevieve Nnaji supermarket and salon in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria and donates her incomes from her businesses to charity. She is considered to the best paid actress in Nollywood and also the most richest actress in Nigeria.