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Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress, 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 contributions to Nollywood

1979

03 May 1979

Born

Genevieve Nnaji was born on 3 May 1979

1990

06 July 1990

Early life

Genevieve was born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria, and grew up in Lagos. The fourth of eight children, she was raised in a middle-class family; her father worked as an engineer and her mother was a nursery school teacher

2000

06 July 2000

Education

After attending Methodist Girls College in Lagos, she pursued a bachelor's degree in creative arts at the University of Lagos while actively auditioning for acting roles in Nollywood.


2000

06 July 2000

Career

Genevieve Nnaji is a renowned Nigerian actress, singer, and filmmaker who began her acting career as a child actor and has since starred in numerous Nollywood movies, winning awards for her performances and becoming one of the best-paid female actors in Nollywood. She also ventured into music, released an album, and gained recognition as a women's activist and feminist advocating for social justice, women's rights, and against early marriages and abuse of women in society

2004

06 July 2004

Modelling

Genevieve Nnaji, a Nigerian actress, has appeared in various commercials, such as Pronto and Omo detergent, became the "Face of Lux" in Nigeria in 2004, launched the charitable clothing line "St. Genevieve" in 2008, and was appointed as the official "Face of MUD" in Nigeria in May 2010.


2023

06 July 2023

Awards and nominations

Genevieve Nnaji has garnered numerous awards and nominations for her acting, including Best Actress of the Year at the 2001 City People Awards and Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2005 Africa Movie Academy Awards, and her film "Lionheart" made history as Nigeria's first-ever submission to the Best International Feature Film category at the Oscars, but was disqualified due to the predominantly English dialogue track, sparking a debate on the Academy's understanding of inclusivity and the impact of colonial language imposition on Nigerian cinema.


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