(CP-Africa) – Ovation Magazine recently caught up with Nollywood star actress, Genevieve Nnaji in what appears to be one of her most revealing interviews yet. Ovation’s Patience Ikpe chatted with her about love, life, family and her Nollywood Career. As we recently reported, Genevieve was recently tapped by CNN as their “Connector of the Day” on its show, CNN Connect the World, a show that in the past has featured Matt Damon, Condoleezza Rice, Roberto Cavalli, Jose Carreras, Sheryl Crow and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs as Connectors. Read all about it on CP-Africa here including a backstage video where Genevieve sends a shout out to her fans live from CNN.
Here is Genevieve Nnaji on Ovation magazine’s cover, some pictures from her photo shoot as well as some excerpts from the interview. To read the full interview, purchase Ovation magazine at your nearest vendor.
Born to a disciplined Catholic family of eight, Genevieve, who is the fourth [in her family] started her acting career at the age of eight with Ripples, a popular soap opera on television [and has since then] gone on to greater things. In this extensive and exclusive interview, she spoke [to Ovation] about life, love and more.
Ovation: Welcome back from your MUD cosmetics photo shoot
Genevieve: Thank you.
Ovation: How did it feel being covered in real mud for hours
Genevieve: It was tedious; it was cold, because it was real mud. They tried their best to keep me warm, I had fun doing it in general but it was a lot of work.
Ovation: How do you manage to combine all your activities
Genevieve: (Exhales). It’s hard, it’s demanding, but I try to hold things together.
Ovation: Two years down the line, how has St. Genevieve fared
Genevieve: St Genevieve is doing very well, a lot of my clients are very happy with our work. Unfortunately, I’ve been extremely busy so I haven’t been able to take it as far as I would have wished but then we still carry on with our yearly fashion show which is my own little way of giving back to Charity.
We look forward to doing this year’s show which should be coming up in December.
Ovation: What has been your most challenging role in a movie?
Genevieve: (Exhales) All of them come with their different challenges. But I would say playing the role of a blind girl in Wind of Glory was extremely challenging and I still consider it one of my favourite movies.
Ovation: Do you have plans of going into producing or directing movies?
Genevieve: Yes obviously, I do.
Ovation: Have you ever had any surgical beauty enhancements?
Genevieve: No. Not yet.
Ovation: What does love mean to you?
Genevieve: Love, (exhales) well, what is love? (laughs,) love for me is when you derive joy in giving not in receiving. When you are happy loving someone and doing things for that person without asking anything in return, that is love, genuine love.
Ovation: Are you in a relationship?
Genevieve: In God we trust.
Ovation: Any plans for marriage?
Genevieve: As for marriage, it’s every woman’s dream to get married. We can’t lie to ourselves. I do want to get married but overtime I have had opportunities to get married but I realise getting married is not actually the problem. The problem is finding someone you are compatible with because I’m born Catholic, I’m raised Catholic, I don’t believe in divorce. If I get married, I really want to stay married and staying married is not an easy thing. It means you are completely in tune with your partner. It means you’ve found your soul mate because you’ll have to be able to stand a lot of disappointments that would definitely come but then again you have to learn to forgive. For me, before I choose a partner I have to ask myself if this is the kind of person I would be willing to forgive no matter what when the time comes. If the answer is no, then that person is wrong for me. That person is not the person you want to get married to. If you know you can look into someone’s eyes and say yes, this is the most you can do to me. if you actually cheat on me the first time, I can find it in my heart to forgive you. If you can answer that question honestly and truthfully to yourself then you’ll know if that person is your partner or not. So compatibility is the word aside from the physical attributes that have to go with it. I need to be comfortable because I’m a woman and I’m used to a certain lifestyle.
Read the full interview in Ovation