WCW: Genevieve Nnaji, Our African Queen

By Onyinye Onyejekwe

When we talk about beautiful actresses in Africa, Nigerian celebrities stand out. And right there at the top of the Nigerian cadre is Genevieve Nnaji. Not only is she an amazing actress, but Genevieve Nnaji has also given her best to developing the Nollywood movie industry.

The 40-year-old actress, producer, and director was born in Mbaise, Imo State of the eastern part of Nigeria on the 3rd of May 1979. Genevieve Nnaji grew up in Lagos as the fourth of eight children. She was brought up in a middle-class environment with her father then working as an engineer and her mother as a nursery school teacher.

She is a model and had featured in several commercials some of which include Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004, the beautiful woman became the “Face of Lux” in Nigeria in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. In fact, she was appointed to be the official “Face of MUD” in Nigeria on May 2010.

Genevieve has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies some of which include: Half Of A Yellow Sun, Weekend Gateways, and Games Women Play among many others. She is considered to be one of the highest-paid actresses in Nollywood.

On September 7, 2018, her directorial debut ‘Lionheart’ was acquired by online streaming service Netflix making it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria.

Well, truth be told, the beautiful and simple young woman sure knows how best to dress to complement her dark skin and she has redefined the meaning of “the melanin Glow”. Her styling and fashion sense has always been impeccable so its no surprise that her “St Genevieve” clothing line is a trendsetter.

Genevieve Nnnaji has blessed our screen for over 20 years and still can’t get enough of her extraordinary talent. Our African Queen. A proud feminist. The gift that keeps on giving. Our Woman of the week.

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