See why Genevieve Nnaji is our #WCW today!
Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress, producer and director.
Born May 3, 1979, Genevieve started her acting career at the very young age of 8. She starred in the then-popular television soap opera “Ripples” and also featured in several commercials, including one for Pronto beverage and Omo detergent.
In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in Nollywood film, “Most Wanted.” Nollywood, then a budding movie industry, allowed her minor and major roles including “Last Party,” “Mark of the Beast,” and “Ijele”. Her performance in Ijele is championed as one of her best epic performances to date.
From there she grew her brand and became a household name in Nigeria.
Her performance in the 2002 movie franchise, Sharon Stone, catapulted her into International stardom and introduced Genevieve, and Nollywood, to the rest of Africa and the world.
For her stellar performances, she was awarded Best Actress of the Year in the 2001 City People Awards and won pioneered the Best Actress in a Leading Role award in 2005 inaugural African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
She has also received several awards, home and abroad, for her contribution to Nollywood film industry, including being honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government in 2011.
In 2009, she was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.
She has produced and directed movies, which have also received high acclaims.
On September 7, 2018 her directorial debut “Lionheart” was acquired by online streaming service Netflix making it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria.
Her drive and easy charm is why she is our #WCW today!