CNN Connect the World: Backstage with Genevieve Nnaji



CNN recently announced that it will be featuring Nollywood star, Genevieve Nnaji on its show, CNN Connect the World as “Connector of the Day.” Other past “connectors” on the show include Matt Damon, Condoleezza Rice, Roberto Cavalli, Jose Carreras, Sheryl Crow and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. See the CNN announcement of Genevieve as Connector of the day below:

Future Connector: Genevieve Nnaji

Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji has been dubbed the Julia Roberts of Africa by millions of fans on the continent and now she’s trying to make a name for herself in the west.

Genevieve Nnaji is your Connector of the Day.

The 31-year-old Nigerian born Nnaji is the fourth of eight children and had the opportunity to attend the University of Lagos where she acted in a number of Nollywood productions.

Nigeria has one of the world’s biggest film industries and produces even more movies each year than the United States.

The industry outputs more than 200 movies each month and is estimated to be worth more than $250 million.

Nnaji started acting at the age of eight and had her first stint in the spotlight in the television soap opera “Ripples.”

One of her first big Nollywood films was the movie “Most Wanted” and the rest is history. Nnaji went on to star in a number of highly successful movies and is generally considered to be one of the best paid actresses in Africa.

Here’s your chance to ask one of the biggest stars in Africa your questions.

Do you want to know what it is like working in the Nollywood film industry? Interested to know what films or actors she admires in Hollywood?

Please leave your questions for Nnaji here and be sure to include where you’re writing from.

You can also leave your comments on our Facebook fan page – just visit

So far, the questions left on the CNN page range from serious to outright mischievous! Here are some samples…(exactly as they appear on CNN!:)

Salamma (Tanzania) October 27th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

What are the challenges of working in the Nigerian film industry.

How can potential artist get a place in the competitive industry like Nigerian film industry.

What advice do you have for the young ones who may see you as a model based on your life experience.

Thank you.

Excel October 27th, 2010 6:51 pm ET

Hi am writin from jos.heard you have a daughter,how is she/how old?when are you tyin the nuptial knot.

Elvis(from nederlands)October 27th, 2010 5:14 pm ET
Is it true that you and d`banj are dating and when is the final swagga(wedding) taking place??

The show has not aired yet but here are some backstage pictures of Genny on the show as well as a short 24 second video of Genny right after her feature talking about the experience…


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