Genevieve Nnaji is an actress, producer and director. She is from Mbaise, Imo state and was born on the 3 May 1979. Genevieve grew up in Lagos. She was brought up in a middle class environment and the fourth of eight children.
She attended Methodist Girls College in Yaba, Lagos, before transferring into the University Of Lagos where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in creative arts.
Genevieve started her career in “Acting” as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera Ripples at the age of 8. In 1998 at the age of 19, she was introduced into the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie "Most Wanted".Her subsequent movies include Last Party, Mark of the Beast and Ijele. In 2010 she starred in the award-winning film Ijé: The Journey.
She has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies. She was also the first actress to be awarded as Best Actress by the Censors Board of Nigeria in 2003. she was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey In 2009.
Nnaji produced her first movie called “Road to Yesterday” In November 2015, later winning Best Movie Overall-West Africa at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. On September 7, 2018 her directorial debut "Lionheart" was acquired by online streaming service Netflix marking it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria.
The Movie ”Lionheart” gained a lot of recognition in Nigeria and has its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.