Genevieve Nnaji turns 33

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Genevieve Nnaji (born May 3, 1979) grew up in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria. The fourth of eight children, she was brought up in a middle-class environment. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother worked as a teacher. She attended the Methodist Girls College Yaba before heading to the University of Lagos.

While at the university, Genevieve began auditioning for acting jobs among the many Nollywood productions. Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera "Ripples" at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 2004, she became the face of Lux soap in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie "Most Wanted." Her subsequent movies include "Last Party," "Mark of the Beast," and "Ijele."

She has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies. Nnaji received several awards and nominations for her work, including the Best Actress of the year award at the 2001 City People Awards and the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2005 African Movie Academy Awards. In 2004, she signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album, "One Logologo Line," a mix of various styles of so-called urban music. In 2008, Nnaji launched a clothing line called St. Genevieve, which donates a percentage of its proceeds to charity. She is one of the best-paid actresses in Nollywood.

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