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  • Updated: January 25, 2023

I'm Not A Role Model, I Want To Live Free — Actress Genoveva Umeh

Fast-rising Nollywood actress Genoveva Umeh is appreciative of fans drooling over her but would rather not be looked upon as a role model.

Umeh who is carving a name for herself in the industry after appearing in Netflix projects Blood Sisters and Far From Home insists she wants to live free and be herself.

In a recent chat with Midweek Entertainment, the petite star said she is not a role model as she is someone who just cares about her work.

“I think my only challenge is I still want to be myself, I still want to do great work and I don’t want to get caught up in the fame. Those are the things I want to focus on.

Genoveva Umeh and her 'Far From Home' co-stars

“Also, as much as people are really inspired by my work, I don’t think of myself as a role model. I’m not a role model, I’m just someone who cares about her work and if people are inspired by that, that’s great.

“But I don’t want people to attach themselves to everything I do or hold me accountable for certain decisions that I make.

"I want to live free, I want to be myself and I still want to do great work without the pressure of people’s expectations”, she dished.

On she chose acting, she disclosed that it is something she is passionate about and that she got a a law degree as a backup plan.


“My career has only just started and I’m grateful for how versatile the roles that I’ve played are and on huge platforms as well.

"Any role that allows me to transform, I would obviously do well.

"I love to challenge myself. I don’t like to take on the same role twice. Every character is kind of different.

“I picked acting because I’m extremely passionate about it. It was almost as though I couldn’t shake it.

"Essentially, I realised that it was something that made me the happiest.

"Although, I thought it was a hobby, I figured that I was really talented and I was really passionate about it.

“For my law degree, I wanted it for backup because at the end of the day, I’m a first-generation immigrant and I understand how hard my parents worked to get me to the United Kingdom.

"I didn’t want to let them down because that would be too selfish.”

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