Sunday, May 2, 2010
GENEVIEVE NNAJI THE TOP RATED NOLLYWOOD MOVIE STAR FROM NIGERIA
Genevieve Nnaji, born May 3, 1979 in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria), is a Nigerian actress. In 2005 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Genevieve Nnaji grew up in Lagos the commercial capital of 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.
Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera Ripples at the age of 8. She also featured in several commercials some of which include Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004 she became the face of Lux soap in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. 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. She has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies.
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.
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.
2008 saw Nnaji launching a clothing line, "St. Genevieve", which donates a percentage of its proceeds to charity.
Genevieve Nnaji is considered to be one of the best paid actresses in Nollywood.