Genevieve Nnaji (//; born 3 May 1979) 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 actress 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 contribution to Nollywood.
Genevieve Nnaji OFR
Genevieve Nnaji in Weekend Getaway
|Born||3 May 1979|
Mbaise, Imo, Nigeria
|Alma mater||University of Lagos|
|Occupation||Actress, producer, director, former model|
Early life and educationEdit
Nnaji was born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria but grew up in Lagos, the fourth of eight children and was brought up in a middle class environment. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother as a nursery school teacher. She attended Methodist Girls College (Yaba, Lagos), before transferring into the University of Lagos where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in creative arts. While at the university, she began auditioning for acting jobs in Nollywood.
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 Party, Mark of the Beast and Ijele. In 2010 she starred in the award-winning film Ijé: The Journey. She has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies.
As of 2009 Nnaji was one of the best paid actresses in Nollywood. Due to her contributions to the Nigeria movie industry, she became the first actress to be awarded Best Actress at the 2001 City Peoples Awards, the award ceremony that previously had only recognized politicians and business conglomerates. She was also the first actress to be awarded as Best Actress by the Censors Board of Nigeria in 2003. In 2009, she was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.
In January 2018 it was reported that Genevieve would be replacing Funke Akindele as a member of the Dora Milaje in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. This was later debunked as an internet prank and the actress did not appear in the movie.
On September 7, 2018 her directorial debut "Lionheart" was acquired by online streaming service Netflix marking it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria. The Movie has its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Nnaji has featured in several commercials some of which include those of Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004 she became the "Face of Lux" in Nigeria in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. In 2008 Nnaji launched the clothing line, "St. Genevieve", which donates its proceeds to charity. In May 2010 Nnaji was appointed to be the official "Face of MUD" in Nigeria.
Awards and nominationsEdit
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 edition Africa Movie Academy Awards.
|2018||Lionheart||Grolsch People’s Choice Award||Nominated|
|2005||Best Actress In Leading Role||Won|
|2008||30 Days/Keep My Will||Nominated|
|2011||Tango With Me||Nominated|
|2013||The Mirror Boy||Best Actress Drama/Tv Series||Nominated|
|2016||Road to Yesterday||Nominated|
|Best Movie West Africa||Won|
|2010||Silent Scandals||Best Actress Film/Short Story||Nominated|
|Guinness Ultimate Survivor||Best Actress Tv Series||Won|
|2011||Tango With Me||Best Actress Film/Short Story||Nominated|
|2013||Doctor Bello||Best Actress in Leading Role||Nominated|
|2014||Half of a Yellow Sun||Best Actress in Supporting Role||Won|
|2016||Road to Yesterday||Lead Actress in Film||Nominated|
|2012||Tango With Me||Best Actress Leading Role||Nominated|
|Herself||Viewers Choice- Female||Won|
|2010||Silent Scandals||Best Actress-Africa Collaboration||Won|
|2012||Herself||Best Actress- Viewers Choice||Nominated|
|2013||Weekend Getaway||Best Actress Leading Role||Won|
|2011||The Mirror Boy||Best Actress||Won|
Monaco Charity Film Festival AwardsEdit
|2011||The Mirror Boy||Breakthrough Performance (Actress)||Won|
|2010||Silent Scandals||Best Actress-Leading Role||Nominated|
|2011||The Mirror Boy||Nominated|
|Bursting Out||Best Kiss with Majid Michel||Won|
|2014||ELOY Awards||Brand Ambassador of the Year (Etisalat)||N/A||Nominated|
|2013||2013 THE FACE LIST AWARDS (USA)||honoree|
|1999||Camouflage||with Ramsey Nouah|
|2001||Love Boat||with Ramsey Nouah|
|2002||Valentino||with Ramsey Nouah|
|Sharon Stone||Sharon Stone|
|Runs!||Adesua||with Gorgina Onuoha|
|Power of Love||Juliet||with Ramsey Nouah, Grace Amah|
|Formidable Force||with Gorgina Onuoha & Hanks Anuku|
|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|
|Emergency Wedding||with Tony Umez|
|For Better for Worse|
|Honey||with Ramsey Nouah & Pete Edochie|
|Keeping Faith: Is That Love?||with Richard Mofe-Damijo|
|Last Weekend||with Ramsey Nouah|
|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|
|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
|2007||Letters to a Stranger||Jemima Lawal||with Yemi Blaq, Joke Silva and Segun Arinze|
|Keep my will|
|Winds of glory||Juliana|
|2008||Beautiful Soul||Olivia||this film received 3 African Movie Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay,|
Best Soundtrack and Heart of Africa
|Broken Tears||with Van Vicker, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal and Grace Amah|
|River of Tears||Yvonne||with Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Van Vicker and Grace Amah|
|Love my way||Kayla|
|2009||Silent Scandals||Jessie||with Majid Michel & Uche Jombo|
|Felicima||Felicima||with Alex Lopez|
|2010||Ijé: The Journey||Chioma Opara||with Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Odalys García & Clem Ohameze|
|Tango with me||Lola||with Joke Silva|
|Bursting Out||Zara Williams||with Majid Michel, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Omoni Oboli & Desmond Elliot|
|Mirror Boy||Teema||with Osita Iheme|
|2011||Sacred Lies||Isabella||with Olu Jacobs, Desmond Elliot & Nadia Buari|
|2012||Weekend Getaway||with Ramsey Noah, Ini Edo, Michael Okpara|
|2013||Half of a Yellow Sun||Ms. Adebayo||with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, and OC Ukeje|
|Doctor Bello||with Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Justus Esiri, and Stephanie Okereke|
|2014||The Truth with Olisa||Guest||TV Series|
|2015||Road to Yesterday||Victoria||with Oris Erhuero and Majid Michel|
|2018||Lionheart||Adaeze||Also the Director and Writer|
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