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Genevieve Nnaji: The Mbaise Queen With A Lion Heart

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By Njideka Agbo

Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji was born in Mbaise in the 1979 but had her education in Lagos state.

The diva made her acting debut as a child actress in the 90s soap opera Ripples when she was just 8 years. During that period, she also featured in Omo detergent as well as Pronto beverage advertisements.

Miss Nnaji however, made her Nollywood debut in the film Most Wanted. She was only 19. But her breakthrough came in 2002 when she acted in Sharon Stone in 2002. Nnaji would go on to act the epic film, Ijele and Mark of the Beast.

  • In 2003, Nnaji opened the first website by a Nigerian actor. She also became the first actress to be awarded Best Actress by the Censors Board of Nigeria.
  • In 2004, she became the popular Face of Lux soap. That same year, she was awarded a singing contract by a Ghanaian record label for an album titled One Logologo Line.
  • In 2005, she became the first actress to win the Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
  • In 2008, she launched her clothing line St. Genevieve. In May 2010, she was chosen as the official Face of MUD in Nigeria.
  • The following year, the Goodluck Jonathan administration honoured her as a member of the Order of The Federal Republic.
  • In 2009, she featured in Oprah Winfrey’s special episode Meet the Most Famous People in the World. Oprah Winfrey described her as the “Julia Roberts of Africa”.
  • In September 2018, Nnaji’s directional debut Lion Heart became the first Nollywood film to be bought by the online streaming service, Netflix.

The film debuted at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and has been nominated for the Grolsch People’s Choice award.

[Guardian Spotlight]



  1. Judith Omogbon

    September 22, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    I love everything about dis beautiful soul. May God keep and bless you for us

  2. Godfrey

    September 22, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Genevieve Nnaji is a confirmed lesbian. Not a role model for our daughters pls don’t call him Queen

    • Onyemachi lawrence

      September 22, 2018 at 2:43 PM

      You are an epidemic and an empty-headed buffoon for bringing in someone else’s sexual orientation into play here Godfrey. Whether gay or straight Ms Nnaji has made her mark in the history of Nigeria and will continue to make, while the likes of you will be trailing behind with nothing to offer except your inconsequential criticisms and character assassination.
      Get a life and be useful.

  3. fifelomo

    September 22, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    God bless you beautiful soul.

  4. Mosh Faisal

    September 22, 2018 at 11:51 PM

    I love everything and way she act her movies may God keep blessing you and also to inspire young generation keep it up ur really my number one

  5. PROPHET SAMBO-Endtime prophet

    September 23, 2018 at 2:26 AM

    Brother Godfrey you are SO wise-And Lawrence you are too IGNORANT and BLIND that you can’t see GENEVIEVE is in the CULT. Where are your MORALS – I used to like her movies but the moment I matured as a Christian -JESUS opened my eyes to the REALITY of many actors and actresses that have sold their SOULS to the Devil oh because of Firm and Riches.

    Why September the Movie Released because it is the Year of Fulfilment and month of Fulfilment-All those with the Mark of the beast on 24/9/18 will be tormented read REVELATIONS 16:1-2 especially 2 because that will be the 24/9/18 says, “So the First went and POURED out His Bowl upon the Earth and FOUL and Loathsome SORE came upon the men who Had MARK PF THE BEAST and those who WORSHIPPED the Image. ” All those with a Chip and Worship of follow all those in the OCCULT will suffer the Wrath of God from the Angel of the ABYSS in Revelation 9.

    Do you know why NDAJI did the Movie the Mark of the BEAST many years back-She was initiated at a tender age and now she has attained the LEVEL of a QUEEN in the Kingdom of Darkness.

    Heart of Lion-Meaning She can never Repent it is WAR against the CHRISTIANS-And if you Not Saved Lawrence you are in deep Trouble REPENT for JESUS is COMING SOON.

    • best

      December 24, 2018 at 4:04 PM

      they call u prophet sambo u are truely a devil i see u in a pit of hell u talk anyhow and rudeless

  6. best

    December 24, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    godfrey they call u, i can see that u are very stupid nd arrogant that u insult people anyhow becuz u are not their class but i warn u never in ur life again insult my sister geneieve for any occation mind u

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