Queens Of Nollywood: Genevieve Nnaji


September 23, 2019
An elegant queen.

She was born on the 3rd of May 1979 in Mbaise, Imo State as the fourth of eight children. Along with being an actor, she’s also a producer, director, entrepreneur, and former model. She attended Methodist Girls School and the University of Lagos, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in creative arts

Nnaji began her career as a child actor in the 1987 television soap opera, Ripples. She was just 8 years old at the time. During her time in university, she began auditioning for acting jobs. Her first major movie role was in the 1998 movie, Most Wanted. She went on to star in other movies like Camouflage (1999), Love Boat (1999), Sharon Stone (2001), Blood Sister (2002), Battle Line (2002), etc.

In 2004, Nnaji signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album, One Logologo Line.[12] It is a mix of R&B, Hip-Hop, and Urban music. The album spawned the single “No More” which was widely ridiculed by Nigerians due to how terrible a song it was. However, it was later praised for being a lowkey feminist anthem that was way ahead of its time.

She produced her first movie in 2015 titled Road To Yesterday, and it went on to win the best movie at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Her directorial debut, titled Lion Heart, was released in 2018 and was immediately acquired by Netflix (making it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria). In the same year, she also starred in the movie Farming, the directorial debut of American based Nigerian actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. She appeared alongside Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

She has featured in many commercials. In 2004, she was the face of Lux beauty soap, appeared in ads for Omo detergent and Pronto beverage. In 2008, she launched the clothing line, St Genevieve.

All hail a queen!

Find Zikoko
wherever you are

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.