Every Nollywood fan would be familiar with the tall, dark, slim, and charming actor, who was once regarded as the most beautiful actress in the Nigerian movie industry — let’s look at Genevieve Nnaji net worth, biography, cars, and lifestyle.
Born 3 May 1979, Genevieve Nnaji is a Nigerian actress, producer, director, model, and singer, who is among the big names in the Nigerian movie industry. She is an Ibo girl, born in Mbaise, Imo State, which is located in the south-eastern part of Nigeria. But she grew up in the South-West, specifically Lagos.
She is the 4th of eight children and was raised in a middle-class family. Nnaji’s father is a retired engineer and her mother a nursery school teacher.
The 40-year old is a very talented actress, who has multiple awards and honours. In 2005, the superstar emerged the winner of the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, which made her the 1st actor to win this award.
In 2011, Genevieve Nnaji became honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian (FRN) government due to her impact in Nollywood. Lionheart, which is her directorial debut movie, is the 1st Netflix Original from this country. It was also the 1st submission from Nigeria for the Oscars. However, the film got disqualified because it has the majority of its dialogue in the English language.
Here is all you need to know about Genevieve Nnaji net worth, biography, cars, and lifestyle.
Genevieve Nnaji Net Worth
According to reports, Genevieve Nnaji net worth lies around ₦850M, which makes her one of the richest female actresses in Nollywood. In 2915, the rumour mills had it that she received a ₦1.4B mansion in Ghana from her then-boyfriend, who is said to be a US-based millionaire.
The claim is believed to be true because she did not refute it. Apart from this property, Genevieve Nnaji also owns another house in Ikoyi, Lagos. This is where she stays most of the time and is said to be valued at more than ₦100M. Also, this is where you will find all her exotic cars.
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Genevieve Nnaji Biography
Genevieve Nnaji was born May 3, 1979, in Mbaise, Imo State, in South-East, Nigeria. She is the 4th of eight children and grew up in Lagos, where she was raised in a middle-class family. Her father, Mr. Theophilus Nnaji, worked as an engineer, while her mother, Mrs. Benedetta Nnaji, worked as a nursery school teacher.
Young Genevieve attended Methodist Girls College in Yaba, Lagos, before she proceeded to the University of Lagos and earned a bachelor’s degree in creative arts. During her studentship at the university, she started attending auditions for acting jobs in Nollywood. The mother of one, who clocked 40 on May 3, 2019, has starred in more than 80 movies to date.
Genevieve Acting Career
Nnaji began acting career when she was only eight as a child actor in the then-popular TV soap, Ripples. When she became 19 in 1998, she got introduced into the expanding Nigerian film industry, featuring in the movie entitled Most Wanted. After that film, she also appeared in other subsequent movies, including Last Party, Mark of the Beast as well as Ijele.
Genevieve Nnaji starred in the award-winning movie Ijé: The Journey in 2010 and has appeared in more than 200 Nollywood movies.
Apart from her acting career, she’s also a singer. Nnaji inked a recording deal in 2004 with EKB Records, which is a Ghanaian record label. She then dropped One Logologo Line as her debut album. It’s a blend of Hip-Hop, Urban music, and R&B. In 2004, the 40-year old got the highest number of votes after slugging it out with other celebrities for the search for the face of Lux that year.
Nnaji emerged the winner of the Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) in 2005 for Best Actress in a Leading Role and became the 1st actor to earn this recognition.
Genevieve Nnaji Awards and Recognition
Nnaji was among Nollywood’s best-paid female actors in as of 2009. And owing to her contributions to the Nigerian film industry, Genevieve became the 1st actor to receive the Best Actress award at the 2001 City Peoples Awards. This is an award ceremony that previously honoured only famous politicians and business conglomerates.
The actress cum singer was also the 1st actor to be honoured as the Best Actress by the Censors Board of Nigeria in 2003. She was called the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey in 2009, becoming the 1st Nigerian actress to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
She produced her 1st movie in November 2015, which is titled Road to Yesterday. This film later was later awarded as the Best Movie Overall-West Africa at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
According to reports, in January 2018, she’d be replacing Funke Akindele as a member of the Dora Milaje in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.] The claim was debunked later as bogus, and the popular actress didn’t appear in the film.
Lionheart, her directorial debut, was acquired on September 7, 2018, by online streaming company Netflix, which made it the 1st Netflix original movie from this country. The film was premiered globally at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, in addition to Farming, which is the Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s auto-biographical directorial debut, in which where she featured with Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale as well as Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Genevieve’s the first billionaire in Nollywood as Netflix bought her Lionheart movie for $3.8M (₦1,385,100,000).
She’s a very vocal girls and women activist, who advocates that Nigerian girls be allowed to have a say in the person they choose to marry. Genevieve Nnaji deprecates early marriages for the girl child and is frowns strongly at the abuse of women in society.
She states that she’s also a strong advocate for social justice and a staunch feminist, adding that her kind of feminism has to do with a woman with the right to make her own choices and also behave in any manner that pleases her.
A few of the several movies Genevieve Nnaji has starred in are, Road to Yesterday, Lionheart, Blood Sister, Letters to a Stranger, Half of a Yellow Sun, Ijé, Mirror Boy, Bursting Out, Tango With Me, Silent Scandals, Broken Tears, Games Women Play, among many others more.
Genevieve Modelling Career
The celeb has featured in a lot of commercials, including the one for Pronto (a beverage) as well as Omo detergent. Nnaji became the Face of Lux in 2004 in Nigeria, which was a highly lucrative sponsorship deal.
Further, she launched the clothing line “St. Genevieve” in 2008 that donates its proceeds to charity. She was appointed in May 2010 as the official Face of MUD in this country.
Genevieve Nnaji Cars
Genevieve Nnaji has a number of exotic cars in her garage. She has a Range Rover Evoque, which is estimated to cost over ₦30M. This vehicle is commonly used by people of class and high status, and if the famous actress goes for high trims with custom upgrades, it can even be worth double that amount.
Apart from Range Rover Evoque, she also owns a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, which is said to be worth over ₦50 million in Nigeria.
Genevieve Nnaji Lifestyle
Over the years, the artist has been linked with a number of famous men. However, she’s consistently debunked such rumours. There was a time she was believed to be having an affair with popular singer D’banj, former VP Atiku Abubakar, in addition to other international celebs. She denied all these claims and only normally posts pictures of herself, daughter, her family, or close female friends on her social media accounts.
The charming actress enjoys a huge following across her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
Genevieve Nnaji gave birth to a baby girl named Theodora Chimebuka Nnaji when she was only 17 years old. Dora is now a grown young lady, who bears a striking resemblance to her mom.
In 2017, there were reports that the Nollywood superstar had secretly got married to someone. According to those online reports, she chose to do the wedding ceremony in Portugal, away from the prying eyes of the media and fans.
According to a source close to the actress cum singer, Genevieve opted to make the wedding ceremony a secret as she had suffered a lot of broken relationships in the past. And she couldn’t afford to experience the same thing again. Some rumours were even making the rounds, claiming that she wanted to move away from Nigeria and settle down in a foreign country with her secret husband.
Apparently, a lot of her fans wanted to know the name of the mysterious man that won the heart of the beautiful and charming actress and model. But she never disclosed the identity of the man.
She had once posted a picture she snapped with the European man on her Instagram handle, and several fans assumed that was her husband. However, that insinuation was never confirmed by Genevieve herself. Even till now, little is known about her marital status and what happened to that affair.
The mother of one seems to have a penchant for keeping certain things about her private, which is quite understandable considering some difficult life experiences she would have had.
Looking at the facts surrounding Genevieve Nnaji net worth, biography, cars, and lifestyle, it is clear she is one of the most popular and successful actors in Nollywood. She is a multiple-award winner, who serves as a source of inspiration for many of her fans all over Nigeria.
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