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Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve 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.
  
Genevieve at AMVCA 2015 in Lagos
In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie “Most Wanted.” The movie also featured ex-beauty queen, Regina Askia.
 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.
 Genevieve became a household name and her image the desire of every young girl. In 2002, she starred in the movie Sharon Stone (2002) (V), 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 appeals just as warmly to Kenyans, Liberians, South Africans, and Ghanaians, who avidly watch Nigerian home videos at home and abroad. She led the market into new territories today. She took the extra step of projecting herself beyond Nigeria by having a Web site constructed back in 2003, and it was arguably the most-visited Nigerian site on the Internet at that time.

  In recognition of her immense contribution to the Nigerian film industry, Genevieve has won numerous awards, some of which have been in Dublin, London, and the United States. She won best actress of the year in the 2001 City People Awards and in 2005 at the inaugural awarding of the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

 In 2004, a search for the face of Lux was embarked upon, and out of several celebrities all over Africa, Genevieve emerged with the highest votes. She graced several billboards and television stations with her enduring smile and personality. The brand provided her with a chauffeur driven limousine that took her to events.

The same year, she was contracted by a Ghanaian record label to record an album, which was termed as a huge failure by music lovers.


 With several movies to her credit, and numerous fans around the world, in 2008, in a bid to give back to society, Genevieve launched her clothing line, St. Genevieve, which donates a percentage of its proceeds to charity–orphanages. In 2009, Genevieve made history by being the first Nigerian actress to be profiled on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on an episode about the most popular people around the world. Genevieve is believed to be the highest-paid and most desired actress in Nollywood today.

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