Q& A with Genevieve Nnaji

With the advent of the movie ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ opening around the world, it seems appropriate to applaud Nollywood’s leading lady Genevieve Nnaji.

In ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, set in Nigeria in the late 60s, she plays university academic Ms Adebayo, and rocks a lustrous afro from start to finish.

A style maven herself, she has her own clothing line, as well as being the face of cosmetics brand Mud Nigeria left. A staggering 80 Nollywood films under her teeny tiny belt we grabbed a few minutes from her busy schedule to get her to answer our Q and A.

1. What is your earliest make-up memory?

I’d say high school…probably around the age of 12.  It involved eye pencil, clear powder and lip gloss.

2. I feel most beautiful when…

…when I have a fresh face on…cleansed and moisturized.

3. When you were a child, what was your Mother’s beauty routine?

She loved her tinted powder, eye pencil, and her maroon-colored lipstick.

4. Is make-up a chore or a delight?

Oh it’s a delight to me.  I love to paint and combine colors.


5. Did your father refer to your Mother’s beauty, and how?

Every time.  He loved her eyes and smile and would always say we were lucky to get her features.

6. What’s been your worst beauty mishap?

I’ve had running makeup at a public event before.  Not a good look…I tried to avoid being photographed without success. Lol!

7. If you could give one beauty gift what would it be? 

Definitely sunscreen

8. Where’s the craziest place you’ve done your make-up?

In the car while driving

9. What would you like to see more of in the beauty industry?

A wider variety of colors of powders and foundation for darker skinned women.  The dark skin varies a whole lot.

 10. When was the last time your mascara ran, and why?

I’d say while I was on a movie set. I had to cry for a scene…