Nnaji was born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeriabut grew up in Lagos, the fourth of eight children and was brought up in a middle class environment. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother as a nursery teacher. She attended Methodist Girls College (Yaba, Lagos), before transferring into the University of Lagos. While at the university, she began auditioning for acting jobs amongst the many Nollywood projects Genevieve studied at the University of Lagos, where she first attempted to venture into professional acting as an adult, by auditioning for acting roles available..
CAREER AND LIFE
Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap operaRipplesat the age of 8. [ 8 ]In 1998 at the age of 19 she was introduced into the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie “Most Wanted”. [ 9 ]Her subsequent movies includeLast Party,Mark of the BeastandIjele.
In 2010 she starred in the award winning film Ijé: The Journey. Nnaji has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies. [ 10 ]Genevieve Nnaji is considered to be one of the best paid actresses in Nollywood. [ 11 ] [ 12 ]In 2004 she signed a recording contract withEKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album One Logologo Line, [ 13 ]a mix of R&B, Hip-Hopand Urban music.
Her name became a household name and her image the desire of every young girl. In 2002, she starred in the movie Sharon Stone (2002) (V), and her fame shot beyond the shores of Nigeria to the rest of Africa and several European countries. One can say that through the buzz, Genevieve reinvented the Nigerian film Industry, introducing Nollywood to the rest of the world.
Genevieve appeals just as warmly to Kenyans, Liberians, South Africans, Tanzanian Gambia and Ghanaians, who avidly watch Nigerian home videos at home and abroad. Genevieve has led the market into new territories today.
She took the extra step of projecting herself beyond Nigeria by having a Web site constructed back in 2003, and it was arguably the most-visited Nigerian site on the Internet. Its fame spread like wildfire, a jolly virus: 3549 hits on 355 pages in two weeks.
Genevieve Nnaji has a daughter. The question now is “is Genevieve Nnaji married?” No, she’s not. She was once pregnant when she was much younger. Some accounts hold that this happened during her secondary school days. Genevieve Nnaji daughter’s name is Chimebuka. Presently, she’s still single. So far, her response to the question, “who is Genevieve Nnaji boyfriend?” has been “that’s private for now.”
Nnaji has featured in several commercials some of which include Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004 she became the”Face of Lux”in Nigeria [ 15 ]in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. [ 7 ]2008 saw Nnaji launching a clothing line, “St. Genevieve”, which donates its proceeds to charity. In May 2010 Nnaji was appointed to be the official”Face of MUD”in Nigeria.
Won Best Actress at the inaugural AMAA. Was voted for and officially became face of Lux beauty soap for sub-Saharan Africa in 2004.
Appeared in Maria Claire Magazine alongside Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in an article about who is the most beautiful woman in your world, in which she came fourth.
The first woman to host the Gulder Ultimate Search and the first host of “Gulder Ultimate Search–Celebrity Showdown.”. Loves Angelina Jolie for her humanitarian work. Voted as the sexiest Nollywood actress in poll conducted by Vanguard Newspaper in 2008.
Has been dubbed as the ‘Julia Roberts of Africa’ by Oprah Winfrey and Cable News Network (CNN). In its 20 years of publishing, News/Politics magazine, TELL has never put a Nigerian entertainer on it’s cover until Genevieve Nnaji graced one of its June 2011 editions. Ranked #19 in Forbes “40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” 2011
She dated the popular Nigeria singer D’banj from year 2009/2011 so reports claim she showed in one of D’banj’s hit song music video Fall in love which shows them kissing intimately..
They broke up because d’banj was said to be cheating on her… They were later rumored to be back together in the year 2013 but nothing after..
In 2013/2014 she was said to have quarreled with one of her nollywood best friends actress KATE HENSHAW but they later said they ‘ve settled up. She has also been said to be Quarrelled with other actresses like: Omotola Jalade Omoni Oboli and others..
In 2013/2014, her appearances in movies decreased drastically as it was said by producers that the amount she demands to show up in a movie is too much which they can’t afford to pay.. In 2013/2014 She was said to made over 200million naira from endorsement deals.. Which makes her one of the richest actresses in Africa.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
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.
ENDORSEMENTS Genevieve Nnaji is representing or has represented brands like Lux, Cintrion Energy drink, Range Rover Evoque, Etisalat, Polo and Amstel Malta. The Etisalat deal alone reportedly earned her N100 million. Her deal with Polo is in the region of N70 million, while the Cintrion drink deal allegedly got her N50 million. And many more endorsements from the pasts..
RUMORS AND SCANDALS
Has been rumored to be a lesbian in which later publicly denied She is said to have been involved in sex scandals with prominent people like the ex vice president Atiku and more.. once was abused generally online by people who thinks an outfit she wore to the public is a boobs exposing one. was said to have been involved in a sex tape scandal after a video of a porn actress who resembles her went viral online.