Monday, April 18, 2011

Genevieve Nnaji, Actor, Songstress, Model, Role Model

Genevieve Nnajiwas born on May 3rd 1979. She hails from Mbaise, Imo state, Nigeria. She is an actress, model and a songstress 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.

Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera Ripples at the age of eight. 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. In 2010 she starred in the award winning film ‘Ij√©: The Journey’. Genevieve has been acting since she was eight years till date.

In 2005 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. According to CNN Genevieve is referred to as the "Julia Roberts of Africa".
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