Motivational Personality of the Week – Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji is a veteran, multiple award-winning Nigerian actress, producer and director who had no plan initially to go into acting but found herself doing it by virtue of passion.

Her early pregnancy at a very young age did not deter her from achieving her goals and getting to her dreamland. She has won both local and international awards and has featured majorly in over 80 movies.

She directed her first movie the “Lion’s heart” that has its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  This movie has gotten her both local and international recognition and became the first Nollywood movie to feature on Netflix.

She has been referred to by many as the most successful actress in Nigeria.

Genevieve is a true example that with passion and determination, we can achieve the greatest heights.

  1. Genevieve Nnaji is a veteran, multiple award-winning Nigerian actress, producer and director.
  2. She was born on Born on 3 may 1979; hails from the south eastern part of Nigeria but has lived most of her life in Lagos.
  3. She got her first degree in creative arts from the university of Lagos, which gave her the platform to start her career in auditioning for acting jobs in the Nollywood industry.
  4. She was inspired at a very young age to pursue a career in acting and started her movie career as a child actress at the age of 8 in a popular TV Soap Opera show.
  5. Genevieve was giving the opportunity to make her debut at the age of 19 in the popular movie “Most wanted”
  6. She made a name for her brand and this made her the most paid actress in the Nollywood industry in 2009.
  7. She was awarded the best actress by the city peoples award, an award that was only recognised by politicians and business tycoons.
  8. Oprah Winfrey referred to her as the Julia Roberts of Africa.
  9. She directed her first movie the “Lion’s heart” that has its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
  10. This movie has gotten her both local and international recognition.
  11. The movie became the first Nollywood movie to feature on Netflix.
  12. Genevieve is the first Nigerian actress to ever feature on CNN.
  13. She initially wanted to become a lawyer, but she decided to focus on her acting.
  14. Asides acting, she sings and models and has a clothing line.
  15. Her 7-year-old clothing line ‘St. Genevieve’, donates its proceeds to charity.
  16. She has also featured in many commercials and has been referred to by many as an actress that has refused to age.
  17. She has won both local and international awards and has featured majorly in over 80 movies.

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