Artist Health

Happy Birthday to Fellow Taurean Woman Genevieve Nnaji + We’ve Come a Long Way

Happy birthday to fellow Taurean woman Nollywood Actress Genevieve Nnaji. Today, May 3rd, 2012, marks her special day. I wish her long life, prosperity and continued success in her career.

Indeed I am happy and marvel whenever I look at the professional journey Nnaji has made so far. It was just in 2006 when I, along with board members of the Nollywood Foundation the time, worked together to produce the Nollywood Foundation Convention. The event invited Nollywood personalities Rita Dominic, Lancelot Imasuen, Ego Boyo, Genevieve Nnaji, among others, to join us in Los Angeles to discuss and carve a way forward in Nollywood’s film industry, among other things. We covered so much in that convention and Lancelot and his larger than life personality kept most laughing.

At the convention, I organized and also moderated a panel on Women in Nollywood films. Nnaji was one of my panelists who spoke on the issues affecting women in Nollywood’s industry. It was an interesting discussion and we both, along with other women on the panel, shared a passion for having women take on more empowering roles in the film industry. Nnaji, if I recall correctly, at the time, mentioned she wanted to be a Film Director at some point. I look forward to when this will happen, if that is still her goal.

In the meantime as I began saying, what amazing roads this young woman has traveled since then?! Since 2006, Nnaji has been featured on Oprah, CNN, become brand ambassador for leading brands including MUD Cosmetics in Nigeria, has much better film roles/scripts offered to her including her roles in ‘Mirror Boy’ and the upcoming role in ‘Half of a Yellow Sun.’ It has been good to watch her soar. Genevieve Nnaji has come a long way and it is a good look on her.

However, Nnaji is not the only one that has come a long. You all reading these in Nigeria’s fashion and entertainment industries have too. You, our industry professionals including our musicians, have stepped up your game in delivering music that has caught the world’s attention. You have won awards across the continent and internationally; and a few of you are leveraging your personal and corporate brands towards creating a rich legacy for future generations to come. For those of you in our fashion industry, you have managed to make Lagos, Nigeria a fashion destination stealing all the attention from South Africa. Recently, Virgos Lounge announced it would now retail in Top Shop in the UK. Jewel by Lisa and Maki Oh continue to paint the world green white green in fashion, and really it gets better.We’ve all come a long way and truthfully, the best is yet to come.

Happy Birthday to Genevieve Nnaji! In addition, a special and Happy, happy birthday in advance to all remarkable May ladies I know, including fellow colleague and Georgetown Law buddy Nana Danquaah Osafo of Evolvestyle, and fashion model turned Public Relations guru Ashley Morgan of The Social Network PR.

Nana Danquaah Osafo – Attorney & Evolve Style Image Consulting Owner

Ashley Morgan, The Social Network PR

(Ashley’s photo by Jirard Photography)


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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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