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Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji (pronounced /nndi/,


[1]
born May 3, 1979)
[2]
is a Nigerian actress. In
2005 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
[3][4][5]

CNN states that she is referred to as the "Julia Roberts of Africa".
[6]


[edit] Early life
Nnaji was born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. The fourth of
eight children she was brought up in a middle class environment. Her father worked as an
engineer and her mother as a teacher. She attended the Methodist Girls College Yaba before
heading onto the University of Lagos. While at the university Genevieve began auditioning
for acting jobs amongst the many Nollywood projects.
[5]

[edit] Career
Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera
Ripples at the age of 8.
[7]
In 1998 at the age of 19 she was introduced into the growing
Nigerian film industry with the movie Most Wanted.
[8]
Her subsequent movies include Last
Party, Mark of the Beast and Ijele.
[7]
In 2010 she starred in the award winning film Ij: The
Journey. Nnaji has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies.
[9]
Genevieve Nnaji is considered to
be one of the best paid actresses in Nollywood.
[10][11]
In 2004 she signed a recording contract
with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album One Logologo
Line,
[12]
a mix of R&B, Hip-Hop and Urban music.
[13]

[edit] Modelling
Nnaji has featured in several commercials some of which include Pronto beverage and Omo
detergent. In 2004 she became the "Face of Lux" in Nigeria
[14]
in a highly lucrative sponsor-
ship deal.
[5]
2008 saw Nnaji launching a clothing line, "St. Genevieve", which donates its
proceeds to charity.
[4][15]
In May 2010 Nnaji was appointed to be the official "Face of MUD"
in Nigeria.
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[edit] 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 African Movie Academy Awards.
[3][5]

[edit] Filmography
Year Film Role Notes
1998 Most Wanted

1999 Camouflage

with Ramsey Nouah
2001
Love Boat

with Ramsey Nouah
Death Warrant

2002
Valentino

with Ramsey Nouah
Sharon Stone
Sharon
Stone
Runs!

with Gorgina Onuoha
Power of Love Juliet with Ramsey Nouah, Grace Amah
Formidable Force

with Gorgina Onuoha
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
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 Okereke, Richard 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-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

Treasure

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
[21]

2007
Letters to a Stranger

with Segun Arinze
Warrior's Heart

2008 Beautiful Soul Olivia this film received 3 African Movie Academy Award
nominations for Best Screenplay,
Best Soundtrack and Heart of Africa
[22]

Broken Tears

with Van Vicker, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal and Grace Amah
Critical Condition

River of Tears Yvonne with Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Van Vicker and Grace Amah
My Idol

2009 Silent Scandal Jessy with Majid Michel & Uche Jumbo
[23]

2010
Ij: The Journey Chioma
with Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Odalys Garca & Clem
Ohameze
[24]

Tango with me Lola with Joke Silva
Bursting Out
[25]


Mirror Boy Teema with Osita Iheme
[26]

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