Genevieve Nnaji appointed Ambassador For Toronto Film Festival 2020

Genevieve Nnaji is one of Nollywood’s finest actress. Her poise, progress and rise to the top remains an inspiring story for women and girls all over the world.

Nnaji who has carved a niche for herself in the movie industry and across the world has added another feather to her prestigious creative cap.

The “Lion Heart” producer has been named as an ambassador for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2020 among other selected movie stars worldwide.

A month ago, The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, released its list of new members, with 819 invitees, including the talented actress, Genevieve.

According to the festival, many of the ambassadors will engage with audiences through interactive digital experiences and events. For instance, filmmaker, producer and screenwriter Cianfrance will lead a Dialogues session and actor-producer Oyelowo will be a guest speaker as part of the TIFF Rising Stars program.

Genevieve Nnaji was born on May 3rd 1979. She’s an actress, producer, and director. She became the first actress to win the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005. 

Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji

In 2011, Genevieve was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contributions to the movie industry popularly known as Nollywood. 

Her directorial debut movie, Lionheart is the first Netflix Original from Nigeria, and first Nigerian submission for the Oscars. The movie was disqualified for having most of its dialogue in English. 

Like many people know, Genevieve Nnaji is a single mom. She doesn’t hide the fact that she got pregnant in her teens. The talented actress had a daughter when she was 17.

Her daughter’s name is Theodora Chimebuka Nnaji. Dora, as she is fondly called is her mothers look alike. She is well protected from the glaring eyes of critics because her mother makes sure she keeps her affairs private.

Genevieve Nnaji advocates for Nigerian girls to have a say in who they choose to marry. She is against early marriages for the girl child. She is strongly against abuse of women in society. She calls herself a strong advocate for social justice.

Genevieve Nnaji is a feminist. She stated that what feminism means to her is women having the right to make their own choices and live their lives like they please. 

This statement didn’t go down well with Nigerian men who love to control women and how they live their lives. These men called her unprintable names and threatened her with destruction for added measure. 


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  1. Ebube says:

    I like her

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