Genevieve is not just the most well-known female face in Nollywood, but also maybe in all of Nigeria. She marries her timeless beauty with flawless cinematic talent and a penchant for scented long-lasting women’s perfumes.
The spectacular rise of Genevieve Nnaji to fame as an actress, producer, and director has always served as a lesson in how important it is to value one’s humble beginnings.
From attending school in the crowded alleys of Yaba to becoming one of the few people whose first names are enough to recognize them. One person only comes to mind when the name Genevieve is mentioned across Africa and beyond: the delicious, dark-skinned actress from Nigeria.
Early in her career, Genevieve struggled to land acting roles in Surulere, the Film Capital of Africa, and was compelled to move from audition to audition in an effort to become a household name. Genevieve had to make a name for herself in this very competitive environment.
On May 3, 1979, Genevieve was born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria. She is the fourth kid out of eight; her mother is a teacher and her father was an engineer.
Genevieve Nnaji is a graduate of the University of Lagos, where she studied in Creative Arts on a part-time basis. She previously attended Methodist Girls College in Yaba. Genevieve Nnaji left school in the late 1990s because she couldn’t balance performing and her studies.
The actress was exposed to television at a very young age because her primary school, Kemstar, was located in Surulere, a city known for creating future movie stars.
As a result, she made her debut on television as a child actress at the age of 8 in Ripples, one of the most popular Nigerian soap operas of the 20th century.
When Genevieve Nnaji was a young girl, her family was forced to move from Surulere to Egebda because of financial difficulties brought on by her father’s two job losses.
This forced her and her siblings to occupy their mother’s home while helping her in the commerce company.
Personal Life & Career
Genevieve frequently went on auditions for roles in the already crowded Nigerian film industry, but she had trouble convincing directors and producers of her talent.
After becoming pregnant and giving birth to her daughter, Chimebuka Theodora, at the age of 17, Genevieve Nnaji dropped out of secondary school, which further motivated her to seek an acting career.
Elvis Obaseki, the director, recalls seeing Genevieve dejected and on the edge of tears when he decided not to cast her in a movie.
Obaseki first agreed to a payment of 1,500 naira (about 26,000 naira in today’s currency), but changed his mind because of financial constraints.
But five years later, at the height of her fame, Obaseki offered Genevieve a fee for appearing in a movie that would be the equivalent of 2.5 million naira in today’s money; she turned him down.
When Genevieve Nnaji was 19 years old, she made her professional debut as a news reporter in a cameo appearance in Ralph Nwadike’s Most Wanted.
Two years later, City People Magazine named her the Best Actress of 2001, a first for the prestigious journal, which had hitherto only recognized corporate and political leaders.
The richest actress in Nigeria is Genevieve Nnaji, who has a net worth of approximately 5 billion naira, or $12 million. When her Netflix film Lion Heart debuted for an estimated $3.8 million at the box office, she became the first millionaire in Nollywood.
Genevieve is the owner of numerous prestigious properties in Ghana, Abuja, Ikoyi, and the Lekki corridors. Among the high-end brands in her fleet of vehicles are Range Rover, BMW, and Mercedes Benz.