Genevieve Nnaji

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Updated: Nov 15, 2021

Genevieve was born on May 3, 1979 in Imo state but was raised in Lagos. She hails from Umuebi Amuzu in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State. Genevieve attended Methodist Girls College, Yaba for her secondary education and then proceeded to University of Lagos where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts.

While at the University, she started auditioning for acting jobs in Nollywood.

She started her acting career as a child actor when she acted in a popular television soap opera ‘Ripples’ when she was 8. She came fully into the Nigeria Movie Industry in 1998 when she acted in the movie ‘Most Wanted’ at age 19.

Since then she has starred in lots of movies and has gotten various awards for her contribution in the Nigerian Movie Industry.

In 2004, Genevieve signed a recording contract with a Ghanaian record label, EKB Records, where she released her debut album ‘One Logologo Line’.

Apart from being an actress, she is also a model. She has modeled for many commercial brands and has had plenty sponsorship deals with many big brands. She was made the face of LUX in 2014 and also the face of MUD cosmetics in 2010. Other brands include Amstel Malta, Polo – a fashion brand, Range Rover cars, Etisalat etc.

In 2014, Genevieve launched her fashion brand ‘St. Genevieve’. The clothing line was later re-launched in collaboration with Jumia, Nigerian online retail store in 2016.



Some of her awards include;

2016 – Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, Best Movie West Africa

2014 – Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Best Actress in Supporting Role

2013 – Nollywood Africa and Films Critics’ Awards, Best Actress Leading Role

2012 – Nollywood Movies Awards, Viewers’ Choice (Female Category)

2011 – Monaco Charity Film Festival Awards, Breakthrough Performance (Actress)

2011 – Zulu African Film Academy Awards, Best Actress

2010 – Ghana Movie Awards, Best Actress – Africa Collaborations

2010 – Nigerian Entertainment Award, Best Actress TV Series

2005 – Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actress in Leading Role

2001 – City People Entertainment Award, Best Actress



She is a single mother of one. Her daughter, Thodora Chimebuka Nnaji is married and owns a makeup business named ‘NAJ Artistry’.

Lots of rumors have circulated about Genevieve’s love life, but she is yet to reveal who she is in a relationship with.

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