10 Things You Didn't Know About Genevieve Nnaji - As She Turns 37 (+Video)

Genevieve Nnaji turns 37 years of age today and we are bringing you 10 nuggets about her! The 36 year old actress, fashion designer, model, and singer is one of the most talented actresses in Africa — that we do know — so here are ten things you probably did not know about the screen goddess.

1. She landed her first official acting job on the TV soap opera ‘Ripples’ when she was only 8 years old.When she finished secondary school in 1997, she immediately started auditioning for movie roles.

2. She initially wanted to become a lawyer, but she decided to focus on her acting.

3. If you type “Julia Roberts of Africa” into Google, Genevieve’s name comes up, thanks to media queen, Oprah Winfrey who made the comparison in 2009.

4. Her very first movie role was in the 1999 movie Most Wanted which starred Regina Askia, Ayo Adesanya and Ibinabo Fiberisima. Genevieve played a minor role as a reporter.

5. In 2000 she enrolled in a part-time course in Creative Arts at the University of Lagos, but she abandoned it because she couldn’t cope with juggling acting and studying. She decided to give acting her undivided attention, and it paid off.

6. In 2004 she became the Face of Lux, joining the league of beauty icons who have endorsed the brand over the years.

7. She had a brief stint in music a decade ago, and released her debut album, One Logologo Line, in 2005. The most popular song on it was No More (I say move, move, move before I show you my fist!). Her first concert, in Sierra Leone, was a huge success.

8. She never thought she’d be an actress as long as she has, she says she really only got into it to make some money for her family.

9. In 2008 she launched her clothing line, St. Genevieve, which donates all its proceeds to charity.

10. In 2005, she was the first ever winner of the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Happy Birthday Genny! We celebrate you!

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