Multiple award-winning Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji is 37 today.
Genny, as she is fondly called started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera “Ripples” at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent.
In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in Nollywood with the movie “Most Wanted.” As an upcoming actress, trying to create a niche for herself, she went through various minor roles seeking for that opportunity for a breakthrough.
Her subsequent movies–“Last Party,” “Mark of the Beast,” and “Ijele” (which is still considered to be one of her best epic performances to date)–brought forth an icon to be loved and adored by many.
Her name became a household name and her image the desire of every young girl. In 2002, she starred in the movie Sharon Stone (2002) and her fame shot beyond the shores of Nigeria to the rest of Africa and several European countries. One can say that through the buzz, Genevieve reinvented the Nigerian film industry, introducing Nollywood to the rest of the world.
Genevieve has retained her position as one of Nigeria’s best & most popular actresses. Her recent movies – ‘Ije’, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and self-produced -‘Road to Yesterday’ have all been box office hits.
At 37, Genevieve embodies a courageous, fearless African woman who has excelled in career and business.
Here’s wishing this beauty many more years.