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Genevieve Nnaji

  • Name: Genevieve Nnaji
  • Birthdate: May 3, 1979
  • Birthplace: Mbaise, Imo state
  • Occupation: Actress, producer, director


  • 1987 - Nnaji began her acting career at 8 as a child actor in the popular television soap opera Ripples.
  • 1998- She made her debut in the Nigerian film industry with the movie Most Wanted at 19.
  • 1999 - Acted in Camouflage with Ramsey Nouah
  • 2001 - She acted in Love Boat and Valentino with Ramsey Nouah, Firedancer, Sharon Stone, Death Warrant with Emeka Ike and Eucharia Anunobi
  • 2002 - Played Adesua in Runs with Georgina Onuoha, acted in Blood Sister with Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Tony Umez
  • 2003 - Acted in Keeping Faith: Is That Love? With Richard Mofe-Damijo, Private Sin with Stephanie Okereke, Richard Mofe-Damijo, & Patience Ozokwor, Dangerous sister with Tony Umez and Dakore Egbuson
  • 2004 - Starred in Unbreakble with Ramsey Nouah and We Are One with Stella Damasus
  • 2005 - Starred in Rip Off and Girls Cot
  • 2006 - Played Chinora Onu in 30 Days, with Segun Arinze – this film received 10 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008, including Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Edit, Best Costumes, and Best Sound
  • 2009 - Played Chioma Opara in Ije: The Journey with Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Odalys García, & Clem Ohameze
  • 2010 - Tango With Me with Joke Silva & Joseph Benjamin
  • 2012 - Played Mz Adebayo in Half Of a Yellow Sun with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, and OC Ukeje
  • 2015 - Starred in, directed and wrote Lionheart, Road To Yesterday with Oris Erhuero and Majid Michel
  • 2018 - Played Tolu in Farming

Relationship Timeline

Over the years, Genevieve Nnaji has made herself scarce on social media, living her life abroad. There have been no marriages, relationship scandals, or divorce.

Top 10 movies

  1. Ripples (1987)
  2. 30 Days (2006)
  3. Girls cot (2005)
  4. Blood Sister (2002)
  5. Lionheart (2015)
  6. Ije: The Journey (2009)
  7. Half of a Yellow Sun (2012)
  8. Farming (2018)
  9. Tango With Me (2010)
  10. Road To Yesterday (2015)


  • 2001 - Became the first actor to be awarded Best Actress at City People Awards
  • 2019 - Won Outstanding Foreign Film / World Cinema Motion Picture with Lionheart
  • 2016 - Won Best Movie West Africa for Road To Yesterday
  • 2010 - Won Best Actress in TV Series for Guinness Ultimate Survivor
  • 2014 - Won Best Actress in Supporting Role for Half of A Yellow Sun
  • 2010 - Won Best Actress-Africa Collaboration for Silent Scandals
  • 2013 - Won Best Actress Leading Role for Weekend Getaway

Net worth

The actress is considered one of the wealthiest actresses in Nigeria. She became the first billionaire in Nollywood when her Netflix film Lion Heart premiered for an estimated $3.8m (N2.9bn), making it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria.

Children and Family

Genevieve Nnaji is the fourth of eight children born in a middle-class family to her engineer father and school teacher mother. She has one daughter named Theodora Chimebuka Nnaji.

According to reports, Genevieve had her daughter when she was 17 years old, and Chimebuka is estimated to have been born around 1996, making her around 27 years old.

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