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Genevieve Nnaji Biography, About, Net worth, Age, Family

Genevieve Nnaji Biography, About, Net worth, Age, Family

Genevieve Nnaji Biography, About, Net worth, Age, Family-

Genevieve Nnaji born on 3 May 1979)  is a Nigerian actress, producer, and director; was born in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria, and grew up in Lagos.

Genevieve Nnaji biography

The fourth of eight children, she was raised in a middle-class family; her father worked as an engineer and her mother was a nursery school teacher.

She attended Methodist Girls College (Yaba, Lagos), before proceeding to the University of Lagos, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in creative arts. While at the university, she began auditioning for acting jobs in Nollywood.

Genevieve Nnaji Profile

Birth name

Genevieve Nnaji

Date of birth

3 May, 1979

Net worth

$12 million

Source of wealth

Entertainment, Endorsements, Fashion


Never married

Daughter (date of birth)

Chimebuka Theodora (1999)

First movie appearance

Ripples by Zeb Ejiro

Professional movie debut

Most Wanted (1998)

First movie (producer)

Road to Yesterday (2015)

First movie (director)

Lion Heart (2018)

State of origin

Mbaise, Imo State

Primary school


Secondary school

Methodist Girls’ College, Yaba


University of Lagos




Nnaji started her acting career as a child actor in the then-popular television soap opera Ripples at the age of 8. 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 PartyMark of the Beast, and Ijele. In 2010, she starred in the award-winning film Ijé: The Journey. She has starred in over 200 Nollywood movies.

In 2004, Nnaji signed a recording contract with EKB Records; a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album One Logologo Line. It is a mix of R&B, Hip-Hop, and Urban music.

In 2004, Genevieve Nnaji had the most votes after contending with other celebrities in the search for the face of Lux 2004.

In 2005, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Actress in a Leading Role, becoming the first actress to win the award.

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In 2009, Nnaji was one of the best-paid female actors in Nollywood. Due to her contributions to the Nigerian movie industry, she became the first actor to be awarded Best Actress at the 2001 City People’s Awards, the award ceremony that previously had only recognized politicians and business conglomerates.

She was also the first actor to be awarded Best Actress by the Censors Board of Nigeria in 2003. In 2009, she was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.

In November 2015, Nnaji produced her first movie Road to Yesterday, later winning Best Movie Overall -West Africa at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

In January 2018, it was reported that Genevieve would be replacing Funke Akindele as a member of the Dora Milaje in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. This was later debunked as an internet prank and the actor did not appear in the movie.

On 7 September 2018, her directorial debut Lionheart was acquired by online streaming service Netflix, making it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria.

The movie had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, alongside Farming, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s autobiographical directorial debut where she starred alongside Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Through her handwork and commitment, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005, making her the first actor to win the award.

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In 2011, she was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contributions to Nollywood.

Her directorial debut movie, “Lionheart”, is the first Netflix film from Nigeria and the first Nigerian submission for the Oscars. The movie was disqualified for having most of its dialogue in English.

After having spent decades in the movie industry, she was profiled alongside some celebrities and business executives in 2020 in two new books by the publisher and Editor in Chief of Yes International! magazine, Azuh Arinze.

Life Challenges

Genevieve Nnaji dropped out of secondary school after becoming pregnant and giving birth to her daughter, Chimebuka Theodora, at 17, which further inspired her to pursue an acting career.

Director Elvis Obaseki remembers witnessing Genevieve despondent and on the verge of tears when he opted against casting her in a film.

Obaseki had initially agreed to a payment of 1,500 naira (about 26,000 naira in today’s economy) but had a change of heart due to budgetary restrictions.

However, the pendulum came full circle five years later when Obaseki offered Genevieve a fee equivalent to 2.5 million naira in today’s currency to feature in a film at the height of her popularity; she declined.

Genevieve Nnaji’s professional debut came in 1998, at the age of 19, when she was featured in Ralph Nwadike’s Most Wanted in a cameo role as a news reporter.

Two years later, City People Magazine recognized her as the Best Actress of 2001, a first for the respected publication, which had hitherto only honored political and corporate figures.

These also made her to become a women’s activist. She advocates for Nigerian girls to be able to have a say in who they choose to marry. She is against early marriages for the girl child. She is strongly against the abuse of women in society. Genevieve says she is a strong advocate for social justice.

Further, Genevieve Nnaji is a strong feminist. She states her type of feminism is the woman who has the right to make her own choices and do whatever she feels like.

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