Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji (/nˈnɑːdʒi/; born 3 May 1979) is a Nigerian actress and singer. She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005. In 2011, she was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood.

Early life

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 teacher. She attended Methodist Girls College (Yaba, Lagos), before transferring into the University of Lagos. 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. Nnaji has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies. Genevieve Nnaji is considered to be one of the best paid actresses in Nollywood. In 2009, she was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.

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


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. 2008 saw Nnaji launching a 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 nominations

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 Africa Movie Academy Awards.

2014 ELOY Awards Brand Ambassador of the Year (Etisalat) N/A Nominated
2005 2005 Africa Movie Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role N/A Won
2001 2001 City People Awards Best Actress of the year N/A Won


1998 Most Wanted    
1999 Camouflage   with Ramsey Nouah
2001 Love Boat   with Ramsey Nouah
Death Warrant    
2002 Valentino   with Ramsey Nouah
Fire Dancer Nene  
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 EdochieKate Henshaw-NuttalRamsey 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 OkerekeRichard 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-DamijoStephanie 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-AboderinDesmond 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 PictureBest Art DirectionBest ScreenplayBest EditBest Costumes and Best Sound[26]
2007 Letters to a Stranger Jemima Lawal with Yemi Blaq, Joke Silva and Segun Arinze
Keep my will    
Warrior's Heart    
  Unfinished business Nkem  
  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[27]
Broken Tears   with Van VickerKate Henshaw-Nuttal and Grace Amah
Critical Condition Ify  
River of Tears Yvonne with Kate Henshaw-NuttalVan Vicker and Grace Amah
My Idol    
  Love my way Kayla  
2009 Silent Scandals Jessie with Majid Michel & Uche Jombo[28]
Felicima Felicima with Alex Lopez[29]
2010 Ijé: The Journey Chioma Opara with Omotola Jalade EkeindeOdalys García & Clem Ohameze[30]
Tango with me Lola with Joke Silva
Bursting Out Zara Williams with Majid MichelNse Ikpe-EtimOmoni Oboli & Desmond Elliot[31][32]
Mirror Boy Teema with Osita Iheme[33]
2011 Sacred Lies Isabella with Olu JacobsDesmond Elliot & Nadia Buari[34]
2012 Weekend Getaway   with Ramsey NoahIni EdoMichael Okpara
2013 Half of a Yellow Sun Ms. Adebayo with Chiwetel EjioforThandie NewtonOnyeka Onwenu, and OC Ukeje
Doctor Bello   with Isaiah WashingtonVivica A. FoxJustus Esiri, and Stephanie Okereke
2014 The Truth with Olisa Guest TV Series
2015 Road to Yesterday[35] Victoria with Oris Erhuerho and Majid Michel


  • One Logologo Line (2004)


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