Forget her pretty face and ageless looks, there’s something about Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji. Right from age eight when she starred in the popular television soap opera Ripples, to the point she featured in some TV commercials, including that of Pronto beverage and Omo detergent, Genny as she’s fondly called, has always been a goal getter.
A beloved screen diva with a shinning career, the native of Umuebi-Amuzu in Aboh-Mbaise Local Council of Imo State has had it good as an entertainer since she joined the industry a little near two decades ago. She is amongst the very few talents who are under 40 and who have been so lucky as to hit the top spot so effortlessly. Certainly, she is in the front row of top actresses in Nigeria today.
In fact, Genny has been lucky to be overwhelmingly accepted, especially by a movie crowd that rarely celebrates an act for a long time. At under 40, Genevieve is already a mega star. Indeed, her stars have continued to be on the rise and it seems that she is on the road to even greater heights.
For sure, her hard work has not gone unnoticed. She has been recognised and celebrated not only in Nigeria but also elsewhere. In fact, media personality and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey termed her the Julia Roberts of Africa. And owing to her sheer grit and determination to make a difference in the industry, Genevieve has a history of always being the first.
The year 2018 marked Nnaji’s 20 years in the entertainment industry. In what seems like a perfect way to celebrate the feat, the Nollywood diva stunned the movie world with her directional debut, LionHeart, featuring the likes of Phyno, Nkem Owoh, Peter Okoye (Psquare), Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu and others. With just that movie, the lovable actress has become Nollywood’s first billionaire as Netflix bought LionHeart for N1,385,100,000 ($3.8 million). Read more