Meet Genevive Nnaji, An Enduring Legend of Nollywood
Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood in 2011.
The Africa Movie Academy Award winner, Genevieve is only few names in the landscape of the Nigerian entertainment scene will command similar levels of recognition and respect that is contained in that name. The star actress is the perfect success story of any who dare venture into the African movie industry.
Genevieve Nnaji 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 the growing Nigerian film industry 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.
In 2004, Genevieve dug deep into her creativity, and chose to push its boundaries by bursting into the music industry. That decision to be more than she is, gave birth to an album, “One Logologo Line” (2004). Miss Nnaji’s foray into music was brief, and yielded very little lasting fruits. Her work as one of Africa’s greatest actors ever is worthy of emulation.