In its 20 years of publishing, News/Politics magazine, TELL has never put a Nigerian entertainer on it’s cover until Genevieve Nnaji graced one of its June editions. Here’s some of what she told Lolade Adewuyi, senior assistant editor and Omoregbe Igiebor about D’Banj, Omotola Jalade, Goodluck Jonathan and the secrets of her success.

On Possible Marriage to D’Banj

First of all I have to agree within myself that I actually want to get married. If I would marry him, I don’t know. I think my life is already chaotic as it is being one celebrity. So, it’s a no.

On Her Success

It has been nothing short of staying true to the art. I have stayed as professional as I can. I have given my work and my craft as much attention as it needed. I have respected myself as an artiste. I think just giving it your all and not deviating from the fact that all you want to do is act. That’s all I focus on and you can tell that from my movies.

On Rumoured Rivalry with Omotola Jalade

Omotola and I are colleagues. We are not friends in the sense that she’s one of the people I hang out with – my buddies. In the entertainment industry, she’s one of the people that I respect as an actor. Acting with her is always interesting. She is a unique individual. She is very entertaining and you just have to learn to deal with everybody individually. And that applies to her and everyone else.

On President Goodluck Jonathan

I think it’s the first time people got up with one voice and stood behind the guy. I think this should strengthen him, to know that he was elected by the people. So he should work only for the people because he is a president made by the people.

Read the rest of Genevieve’s frank interview here.


Genevieve Nnaji with TELL journalists Omo Igiebor and Lolade Adewuyi


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