Genevieve Nnaji is one of Africa’s most celebrated actors and her childhood story has served as a bedrock for young, disadvantaged children to learn from.
Nnaji started her acting career 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”.
In 2009, the 37-year-old was referred to as the Julia Roberts of Africa by Oprah Winfrey.
Okechukwu Joseph, a famous actor of the nineties, a time when Genny was becoming a household name, disclosed in an interview about his close relationship with the actress as he described her as the “young Amazon who was out to play the Esther for her family”.
He said, “Genny and I met and became friends on the set of Mark of the Beast. Of course in her very early days. It was as though we were in some type of experiment. But I learned a lot about her within that short period. Two unforgettable moments- the day she introduced her little brother to me and the day she told me literally everything about herself.”
“She trusted me that much. My mind was racing like crazy and I kept wondering how so little people knew about this young Amazon who was out to play the Esther for her family,” the actor stated.
“She felt like family to me. She was so full of pragmatic energy and so on-the-go- like woman on a mission,” Okechukwu concluded with, “Never ready to play around with stuff she couldn’t put up with. She has got an incredible story to her glory.”