Genevieve Nnaji Biography

Genevieve Nnaji Biography

Genevieve Nnaji, born on May 3, 1979, in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria, is a popular Nigerian actress, producer, and director in Nollywood. In 2005, she became the first actor to win the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her contributions to Nollywood were recognized by the Nigerian government, and she was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic. Genevieve Nnaji's directorial debut, "Lionheart," made history as the first Nigerian film on Netflix and was selected as the country's submission for the Oscars. Unfortunately, it was disqualified due to its predominantly English dialogue. Additionally, she has been featured in books that highlight her achievements alongside other celebrities and business executives.


Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji



Genevieve Nnaji


Date of Birth 


May 3, 1979


Place of Birth 


Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria 




Actress, Producer, Director




Bachelor's degree in creative arts from the University of Lagos 


Notable Films


Most Wanted, Ijé: The Journey, Road to Yesterday, Lionheart, Farming




Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2005), Best Movie West Africa at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards




Chimebuka Nnaji


Marital Status




Net Worth


$12 million








Early Life and Education 






Genevieve Nnaji was born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria, and later moved to Lagos where she grew up. She comes from a middle-class family and is the fourth of eight children. Her father worked as an engineer, and her mother was a nursery school teacher. Genevieve attended Methodist Girls College in Yaba, Lagos before enrolling at the University of Lagos. She pursued a bachelor's degree in creative arts while at the university. During her time there, she started auditioning for acting roles in Nollywood.






Acting career 





Genevieve Nnaji is a highly accomplished Nigerian actress who began her career as a child, starring in the popular TV soap opera, Ripples, when she was just eight years old. In 1998, when she was 19, she made her debut in the Nigerian film industry with the movie Most Wanted, and has since starred in over 200 Nollywood movies including Last Party, Mark of the Beast, Ijele, and the award-winning film Ijé: The Journey.


In 2004, she expanded her talents into music, signing a recording contract with Ghana's EKB Records. The same year, she was voted to be the face of Lux, outdoing other celebrities in a public vote.


She has been recognized for her contribution to the Nigerian movie industry with multiple awards. In 2005, she made history by becoming the first actress to win the Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She also broke barriers by being the first actor to win Best Actress at the City People's Awards in 2001 and by the Censors Board of Nigeria in 2003. Her talent and fame led to her being dubbed the "Julia Roberts of Africa" by Oprah Winfrey in 2009.


In 2015, her first produced movie, Road to Yesterday, won Best Movie Overall - West Africa at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Her directorial debut, Lionheart, was acquired by Netflix in 2018, making it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria. The same year, she starred in the autobiographical directorial debut of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Farming, alongside well-known actors Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.


Genevieve Nnaji is not only known for her acting but also her activism. She is a strong advocate for women's rights, particularly the right of Nigerian girls to choose their own marital partners, and she speaks out against early marriages and abuse of women. She identifies as a feminist, defining her feminism as the freedom for women to make their own choices.





Modeling & Musical career 





Genevieve Nnaji, a renowned Nigerian model and actress, gained recognition as one of the most beautiful women in Nigeria. She made a significant impact in the modeling industry, becoming the Face of Lux in Nigeria in 2004 and the Face of MUD cosmetics in Nigeria in 2010.


In 2009, at the age of 29, Nnaji launched her clothing line called St. Genevieve. The proceeds from her clothing line are dedicated to charitable causes, showcasing her philanthropic endeavors.


While Genevieve Nnaji's music career did not achieve the same level of success as her acting career, her music was heard beyond Nigeria's borders. In 2004, she signed a record deal with EKB Records of Ghana, marking the beginning of her music career. Under the label, she released her debut music album titled "One Logologo Line," which consisted of eight tracks:


1. "Me Bre Wo" ft. Obour

2. "Thinking of You" ft. Kojo Antwi

3. "Native Doctor" ft. Dede

4. "One Logologo Line" ft. V.I.P

5. "Bumo it Up"

6. "No More"

7. "Missing You"

8. "Genevieve"


Additionally, Genevieve Nnaji appeared as a vixen in the award-winning song "Fall in Love" by D'Banj in 2008.










1. FELA! Ten-Twenty (TV Mini Series)

2. Farming

3. Lionheart

4. Road to Yesterday

5. The Magazine Show (TV Mini Series)

6. Half of a Yellow Sun

7. Doctor Bello

8. Weekend Getaway

9. Sacred Lies series

10. The Mirror Boy

11. Bursting Out

12. Tango with Me

13. Ijé: The Journey

14. Felicima: One Gift

15. Silent Scandal series

16. The End of Sleepwalker Part 1

17. The End of Sleepwalker Part 2

18. Jealous Lovers series

19. Deadly Mistake

20. Church Business series

21. The Chosen One series

22. Last Weekend series

23. By His Grace

24. Above Death: In God We Trust

25. Passions

26. Late Marriage

27. Passion & Pain

28. Emergency Wedding

29. Super Love

30. Sharon Stone in Abuja

31. Love

32. Break Up series

33. Butterfly

34. Private Sin series

35. Honey series

36. Player: Mr. Lover Man

37. Blood Sister series

38. Valentino series

39. Formidable Force

40. Power of Love series

41. Sharon Stone series

42. Keeping Faith: Is That Love?

43. Runs!

44. Battle Line series

45. Fire Dancer series

46. Love Boat

47. Death Warrant

48. Ijele

49. Camouflage

50. Sakobi 2: The Final Battle

51. Most Wanted series





Awards and nominations