Genevieve Nnaji grew up in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria. The fourth of eight children, she was brought up in a middle-class environment. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother worked as a teacher. She attended the Methodist Girls College Yaba before heading to the University of Lagos. While at the university, Genevieve began auditioning for acting jobs among the many Nollywood productions.Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera "Ripples" at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004, she became the face of Lux soap in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie "Most Wanted." Her subsequent movies include "Last Party," "Mark of the Beast," and "Ijele." She has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies.Nnaji 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. In 2004, she signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album, "One Logologo Line," a mix of various styles of so-called urban music.In 2008, Nnaji launched a clothing line called St. Genevieve, which donates a percentage of its proceeds to charity. Shei is one of the best-paid actresses in Nollywood.IMDb Mini Biography By: Brickstown
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" .
Chocolates and cakes. That's the biggest problem I have. That is why I punish myself at the gym because I know I can't stop myself from eating what I want. I call it eating your cake and having it.
They have been the normal vicissitudes of life. They are usually advantages and disadvantages seen in every facets of life. I am not expecting everything to be all roses. But on a serious note, I have passed that stage of downs, I am looking up.
[on Hollywood aspiration] I am an actress. I can work anywhere. I am passionate about a story, particularly character driven stories. If your story is good and the character appeals, I will play the role. Although it will be nice to work with acclaimed Hollywood directors and actors, I have always maintained that when they are ready for a young African woman to take part in a project that they will come looking for us.
[Her beauty advice] Something I would recommend for any woman is whenever you have the opportunity, let your skin breathe. We need oxygen and air on the naked skin
Now, I have got to a point, where I have to shoot movies just for me. I have to enjoy what I am doing. I have to enjoy the story and I have to like the script, because that is my only reward. It is not all about the money, but the reward for me comes from when I am in a good movie where I enjoy what I am doing. That is where I derive pleasure.
(On her album): "The CD was a contract with a Ghanaian company that had seen me sing impromptu at a show in Ghana. They found it intriguing and ran the idea of producing a CD by my manager and a deal was signed. They wrote and produced all the songs and own all rights to it.
Movies, music and fashion kind of go hand in hand. It has to do with entertainment. Movie making is entertainment, music is entertainment, fashion is glamour and TV is a glamorous thing.
I hate the PHD (Pull Her/Him Down) syndrome we all seem to have. My greatest belief is that you do unto others what you want them to do to you!
(On her kind of man) "I'm sure if I see the kind of man I want I would recognize him"
I was brought up to have a conscience, and that is linked to my catholic upbringing.
I react to treatment. How you approach is how you will be received. Fair is fair.
[What she wish for her future] I want to be further challenged in my career, I don't think I have reached my peak necessarily so I hope for other opportunities, greater opportunities to express myself. Mostly because there is still something inside of me that I just feel I haven't let out and it's really trying to come out and trying to burst loose so I'm hoping for that opportunity... I just want that story, that story that challenges me even further.
[on playing a blind girl]: I've been asked if I did any kind of study or research for that film ( Wind of Glory (2007) (V) ), to be honest I didn't. For me, acting is all about imagination. It's bringing to life not just the imagination of the character, but that of the imagination of the writer. You have to walk in the shoes of the character and be that character and not just pretend to be that character.
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