Genevieve Nnaji is one of the most respected actresses in Nollywood, with excellent interpretation of characters in movies. She is one actress every good director would want to work with. Pretty and unpretentiously friendly,Genny, as this acting queen is fondly called, is one Nollywood personality who has worked herself to a level where she gets the sort of adulation that stars in Hollywood get. Beyond movie,what many people don’t know is the many challenges she has been through in life. At the tender age of 17,the talented thespian that Oprah Winfrey named Nigeria's Julia Roberts, had a daughter as a result of a fling with her teacher in secondary school.But she moved on,utilized her God given talents and today,she is the most recognized actress in Africa. She is even happy to tell anyone that cares that she loves her daughter so much and that she is all she lives for. In an interview she granted years back, she narrated her ordeal thus, I’m sure everywoman knows the feeling of pregnancy, but for the young girl – it is difficult for me to say now, because I have grown much older – but I know at that time it was, let me see... Anyway, I’d just wake up every morning hoping to wake up from a dream... but you know it doesn’t happen so. It’s more like giving me hope that ‘no, it wasn’t...’ I was like looking forward to sleeping and waking up, then it wasn’t getting any better anyway. Getting rid of the pregnancy was an alternative then, but it was too late, because not until I was four months before we discovered it and so it was not what we could do, and my dad was like, ‘it’s a child for Christ’s sake. God knows why he wants to bring that child into life”. We are Catholics and it’s just that conscience, you do wrong once and doing another would not make the first right. So, you either correct your mistake by doing the right thing. If I was pregnant, and then have an abortion, it would have been like murder after fornication! So, that was basically wrong.She said From the look of things, the reality of this costly mistake she make back then seems to be blessings in disguise now that she seems to be finding right men for marriage elusive. But that doesn't bother her one bit because she has 15 year old daughter that is source of her joy, happiness, and fulfillment. This helps less pressure to get married. According a close pal to Genny who pleaded anonymity, Genny knows how tricky men could be, so she's taking her time to choose Mr. right among the many men asking for her hand in marriage. The nature of her job as an actress is cumbersome,it entails moving from one location,country to another.Only a man with a good heart would take that in marriage.And she’s just at the starting point of her career.She needs a man that would be a silent reflection of her strength and a supporter of her dreams and goals not a dream killer. The minute she settle for less, this will only take her to despair. Apart from that, men her scared of her achievement and high profiles lifestyles. this makes it pretty difficult for her rushing into a marriage. Even though she once admitted she’s tired of spinsterhood, that’s not a yardstick for settling down That brings me to the interview she granted months back,Genevieve said; I’m 32, I’ve been busy for 12 years and I’m still busy. My parents have other children to focus on. I'm only one out of eight. For me if marriage comes, fine. It's not a priority. It's never been, but it a good thing every woman wants. So, I'm not shying away from it. But then, I'm going to go in with my head straight. I will go into marriage for the right reasons. Not for money, not for fame, not for name and not to satisfy the world. I don't want any sort of peer pressure getting involved in my settling down, or trying to prove a point that I can settle down. I don't need that. I'm here to please my God and myself, and as long as my parents have no issues with it, I'm fine. When I find the right person, I'm sure I'll settle down. First of all I have to agree within myself that I actually want to get married. I think my life is already chaotic as it is being one celebrity. I don’t find marriage repulsive but everyday I learn from married people about what not to do when it comes to marriage. I think I’ve just learnt the bad things about marriage before the good ones. There is constant discouragement but I just know for a fact that when I find the right person I will definitely not think about it. Marriage should be about finding the right person, finding your soul mate, not necessarily in receiving love. I think she said it all. She has developed and established a very successful career in the movie world, got a lovely daughter and other good things of life. What else could she want? Ceteris paribus; "all other things being equal”let’s hope that the wedding bells will soon be ringing.
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