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Top Nollywood Film Stars – Genevieve Nnaji

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Genevieve Nnaji is one of the most popular – and highest paid – actresses in the Nollywood movie scene. She is a pioneer in the industry, and influenced women all over the world with her passion for her work and dedication to her fans. Below, we have a Genevieve Nnaji biography and a list of her movies for the ultimate fan!

Fast Facts About The Star

Where is Genevieve Nnaji from? 

Genevieve Nnaji was born on the 3rd of May 1979 in Mbaise Imo State in the Eastern part of Nigeria. She was the fourth child in a family of 10. Her father, Theophilus Nnaji, is an engineer, and her mother, Bernadette Nnaji, is a nursery school teacher.

Genevieve Nnaji’s Net Worth 

Genevieve has some major deals, such as being a brand ambassador for Pronto beverages and Omo Detergent. In the year 2004, she became the face of LUX, one of the biggest beauty-product producers in the world. She has also established her very own clothing line, St. Genevieve, in partnership with Jumia NG. Noteworthy though, is the fact that all of the proceeds of her clothing line go to charity. As an actress, model, musician, and also a philanthropist, Genevieve Nnaji has an estimated net worth of $4.2 million.

Genevieve Nnaji Wedding

There were controversy and rumors surrounding Genevieve’s wedding, as secret pictures were posted throughout the years; but it was revealed to be untrue. Newspapers around Nigeria as well as online articles were filled with the “Genevieve Nnaji and Dbanj wedding pictures” scandals. The actress, however, is not married and keeps her relationship status as private as she can. She continues to be an independent, good role model for women all over the world. While Genevieve is a strong advocate of feminism and gender equality, she does not shun marriage and is willing to settle down and get married, if a man of her dreams comes her way.

Genevieve Nnaji’s Daughter

She has a female child named Chimebuka Nnaji. Genevieve gave birth to her daughter when she was 17 years old. She leaves a mystery behind her daughter and the father’s identities as she is very private and protective over her daughter. This just further shows her warmth and care as a mother.

Schooling And Career 

Genevieve attended school at the Methodist Girls College in Yaba, Lagos, where she had her first professional role in a soap opera called The Riddles. She landed her first auditions while she was still attending the University of Lagos. This lead to her gaining the knowledge and skill needed to kick-start her career.

Genevieve Nnaji’s Movies

Genevieve had her first movie role in a movie titled Most Wanted and since then has gone on to feature in over 400 films over the years. She has won both national and international awards. In 2013, she starred opposite Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

In 2005, Genevieve received the Best Actress Africa Movie Award in a leading role. And, in 2011, the actress was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her remarkable contribution towards Nollywood. There is an abundance of brilliant movies to her name which can be found on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and other SVOD apps. Some of the movies include the following:

Road To Yesterday 

Genevieve Nnaji acts with Oris Erhuero in this Nigerian movie drama about a couple that goes on the trip to attend the funeral of a relative. Along with the unpleasantness that comes with the couple’s relationship problems, the long trip proved to be a lesson for them, and showed them the true meaning of love.

Power Of Love 

The Power of Love is a famous Nigerian movie that featured Ramsey Nouah, Genevieve Nnaji, and Steph Nora Okere among others. The movie demonstrates the true essence of love within a relationship. Genevieve also performed the act of love. The story revolves around Juliet (Genevieve Nnaji) who is injured by a hit-and-run driver Sandra (Steph Nora Okere) whose ex-boyfriend Chris (Ramsey Nouah) left her for Juliet. The movie follows her story, affairs, and the betrayals she encounters along the way.

Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith is a popular movie that featured Genevieve with a story line about obstacles she had faced in her life. As she is one of most faithful believers, she became victorious in her life-changing situations. 

Half Of A Yellow Sun

This movie, based on the novel, revealed the story of two sisters who end up being victims of war. Genevieve, who plays one of the sisters, suffers due to the decisions they made in their lives. Half of a Yellow Sun displayed the influence and history of the Nigerian Civil War on particular families.

Letters To A Stranger 

Letter to a Stranger is a love triangle about a woman who cannot deal with the idea that her future husband does not give her the attention she requires. As a result of this, she decides to write to a stranger about her feelings, and later ends up falling in love with the writer.


Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze steps up to the challenge when her father is forced to take a step back due to health issues.

Genevieve Nnaji is receiving millions for her exceptional movie after bagging a Netflix deal for it. She has received credit from both national and international actors for the movie, which lead to her becoming a worldwide industry professional.

Wind of Glory 

This was a challenging movie for the actress and she stated, “I have been asked if I did any kind of study or research for that film, to be honest, I did not. For me, acting is all about imagination. It is bringing to life not just the imagination of the character, but also 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.”

Genevieve Nnaji Movies Available On SVOD Sites

Genevieve signed a $3.5 million deal with Netflix recently, which lead to her becoming one of Africa’s richest actresses and directors. Genevieve has not only made the movie scene in Africa proud, but she has also given rise to the prominence of movie directors on the continent as well. She has several movies on other streaming sites such as Hulu and Amazon Prime, all of which reap in financial success and popularity because of her personality and talent.

Genevieve Nnaji is Nigeria’s first ever billionaire in the movie industry, and she has signed on to Universal Talent Agency, home to celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. This paved the way for her career in Hollywood. With her status, intelligence, and beauty as well as her down to earth and likable personality, Genevieve is a star that continues to rise. She will most definitely help to pave the way for all Nigerian actresses in the industry to gain success worldwide.