WCW – Genevieve Nnaji

Facts about Genevieve Nnaji and why she’s a deserving woman crush

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Award winning actress, director and producer, Genevieve Nnaji, has won the hearts of many lovers of Nigerian movies. She has managed to build an enviable brand for herself and has transitioned from being just an actress to a recognized film maker.

The talented actress was born on May 3rd, 1979 in Mbaise, Imo State and grew up in Yaba, Lagos. She recently turned 42.

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She started her acting career as a child actor in the television soap opera Ripples at the age of 8. 

While still in secondary school she was actively involved in drama, stage play and performing arts. After completion, Genevieve proceeded to the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts.

Genevieve Nnaji began auditioning for acting jobs in Nollywood as an undergraduate and was introduced into the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie, Most Wanted, an action thriller movie in which she acted alongside Ibinabo Fiberesima and Regina Askia in 1998.

She had a major break out into stardom after her subsequent movies, Sharon Stone, Ijele, Games Women Play and Blood sisters.

She has starred in over 200 Nollywood movies and was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.

Genevieve Nnaji received an award for Best Actress of the year at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2001. Signed a recording contract deal with EKB Records and released her first debut studio album titled “One Logologo Line” in 2004. And, elegantly won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005.

In 2008, she launched her clothing line, St. Genevieve which gives its proceeds to charity.

Her 2018 movie, ‘Lion Heart’ featuring the legend notable, Pete Edochie, and comic actor, Nkem Owoh, became the first original Nollywood movie to be bought by an American streaming platform, Netflix. And in 2019, it was selected by the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC), as Nigeria’s submission to the Best International Feature Film Category of the 2020 Oscars. It was the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.

Having been in the industry for two decades, the actress is not one to lose her charm easily. A worthy Woman Crush indeed.

Watch a short clip of her dancing below;

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