“I Learnt about our Struggles”! Genevieve Nnaji speaks on “Half of a Yellow Sun” on Canadian Talk Show

Genevieve Nnaji gives an insight into the history of Nigeria.

The Nollywood star had an interview with Canadian TV and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos on his show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. It was taped in 2013 during the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Genevieve who plays Ms Adebayo in the adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, speaks on the movie.

The episode will air on Friday 17th January 2014 at 7 PM on CBC (Canada Only), but we are presented with a trailer.

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Thanks to BN reader Nene for the tip

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184 Comments on “I Learnt about our Struggles”! Genevieve Nnaji speaks on “Half of a Yellow Sun” on Canadian Talk Show
  • Bamzi January 15, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    KING GENNY!!!!

  • molokwu peter January 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    she looks stunning…genevieve of life…www.molokwupeter.blogspot.com

  • Bamzi January 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    She’s nervous tho. A little prepping before the interviews will go a long way ma’am. And the interviewers r human like you so there’s really nothing to be nervous about. Infact they should be the nervous ones. anyway, good job.

  • Marc Francis of Chelsea January 15, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    She’s so beautiful! My favourite thing about her is her accent. She sounds like a polished Nigerian woman. No fake mid-atlantic accent.

    • NONY January 15, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      YOU NAILED IT MY DEAR…SHE SOUNDS LIKE A VERY POLISHED NIGERIAN WITHOUT THE WANNABE ACCENT…IF IT WERE ALL THESE MEDIOCRE SO CALLED CAMCORDER “ACTRESSES” THEY WOULD HAVE SENT THIS INTERVIEW TO ALL THE BLOGS AND MEDIA OUTLETS.,.. THIS SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT GENEVIEVE THAT SHE IS TOTALLY SECURE IN HERSELF AND DOESN’T NEED TO PIMP HERSELF OUT TO BE NOTICED AT WHATEVER COST…GO GENEVIEVE THE BEST ACTRESS IN NIGERIA…

      • Jo! January 16, 2014 at 6:43 am

        Nah, she didn’t share it because she was EMBARASSED. she knows she messed up.
        Gosh, she sounded totally ignorant and this is coming from a massive Genny fan btw, she’s absolutely gorgeous, always will be, but girl, you need to exercise that brain, read some books dammit!

      • ILoveGenevieve January 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

        @Jo why do you feel you know what’s going on in her mind? She retweeted the interview to her over 500 thousand followers ….doesn’t appear she was EMBARRASSED by it. Admittedly she would have given a informative and thought provoking answer about the question but I can relate with what she did slightly ….shed light to the fact millions of Nigerians don’t know about the war. If she was able to combine both response she won’t be having these attacks. However, she is a very talented actress and frankly speaking very intelligent too. I need her to get on a set and act.

  • rapheal January 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    no one be like you too much girl our pride our queen

  • chum chum January 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    She has done this interview since and no one heard about it, if it’s someone else now nobody will hear word. #teamGenny

  • Iyke January 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Cute Ibo babe!
    Ladies, ‘Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous’.

  • ms lala January 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Go Genny…skin so luscious i can’t even hate her hustle…….

  • http://www.adenikeadebayo.com/ January 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    You just have to love her.
    adenikeadebayo.com

  • jcsgrl January 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Please when is this movie coming out? Or has it come out and I missed it. All I’ve seen is promotions but no movie release dates

  • Stephanie January 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    LOVE YOU GENNY!!!
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  • nene January 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    she’s always nervous when speaking. she needs to work on that.

    • Anonymous January 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      LOL, don’t think being nervous is such a bad thing, being nervous can be good a times. That being said I love Genny all the way.

    • Ada January 16, 2014 at 2:15 am

      Some celebs especially actors and singers are very shy/reserved off the camera/camera and whenever they are not working, Genevieve is one of them. I’ve met enough of them to know that. Jim Iyke is a firecracker on and off the camera though lol

      • Mz Socially Awkward… January 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

        True. You should check out Tom Hardy (who I have quite a crush on) when he’s being interviewed. He’s a brilliant actor but seems to have zero ability to sustain conversations at interviews.

  • nene January 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    thanks BN, anytime!

    • Leah January 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Go nene… go nene….go go go nene. You better let us know when the movie comes out too :)

  • Ohboy January 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Oh my gawwddd!! Genny is so so so beautiful!!!
    Wait for me to buy a private Jet Na!! Dont marry this dbanj BOY, wait for us real men to arrive first na!

    Was her voice shaking through this interview??

  • www.thelmathinks.blogspot.com January 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Genny is so beautiful but I find that she’s always nervous during interviews. The same thing with her CNN interview. Her voice was shaky and her answers were very flat. I’m sure after the interview she kept going “Oh! I should have said this instead of that!”, but her nerves hindered her eloquence and clear thoughts.

    thelmathinks.blogspot.com

    • Leah January 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      I agree! Stage fright is not unusual, and this is infront of a live audience, with everyone’ attention and stare on you. The more she does, the more she gets used to it and hopefully will get better. She looks great though.

      • MyView January 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

        Stage fright and being nervous is fine, but she needs to know the answers to questions regarding the project she is promoting. You don’t have to be born when it happened, that’s why it’s called ‘History’. She needs to educate herself and be prep so she can have the opportunity to do more. She does look good and I would really like to watch the movie. Hope she does more too.

    • Sopono January 15, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Go prepared then you won’t be so nervous

    • www.LapesBeautifulCreature.com January 16, 2014 at 7:25 am

      It happens to the best of us too. She should work on it though

  • Iris January 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    She knew about the FILM before she knew about the book?! Where the bloody hell has she been all this time?

    • yoyo January 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      shes been dating dbanj….and then showing off her blinged out phone on instagram…and then dating dbanj..

    • Dora the explorer January 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      I knowwww! she sounded like some nonchalant Nigerian answering the questions with that I DUNNO attitude.. Anywhoos she looks good!!

      • right January 16, 2014 at 6:44 am

        Nigerians don’t read books. When I moved back NO one had read Half of a Yellow Sun.

        #rachet Gene, i’m not impressed. Chimamanda here’s the next topic for your next TED talk. How nonchalant we are about learning out history.

      • ILoveGenevieve January 16, 2014 at 9:02 am

        Your Chimamnda had her parents and grandparents tell her about the war, bitterly. She originates from Nsukka where the war had great effect. So let the world breathe ….she is no messiah.

    • chum chum January 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Most she know everything? Or you want her to lie like others. Yes she knew about the film b4 the book, what is wrong with that.

      • Iris January 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

        No she mustn’t know everything O my dear. I’m just surprised that with all the buzz the book made and all the publicity the author got abroad and in Nigeria (unfortunately in that order) about an issue that is still indirectly linked to all the intolerance in the country today, she had never heard about this 2007 book before they decided to make it into a movie. I’m sorry for disturbing her ejo. Okay I applaud her for not lying.

    • Sopono January 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      She is beautiful but she does not read. A beautiful air head really

      • nikky January 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm

        Air head really? As a reader myself I don’t think I know everything. For a non reader like Genny she does not know everything and neither do you. She was not well versed on the war before she got involved with the movie why should that make her dumb.

    • yostic January 16, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Geez…I like Genevieve. She’s a very talented actress, but unfortunately for her (and Nigerians across the globe) she did come across as lacking depth. Fine, she may have learnt about the Biafra details through the movie at a later stage in her life, but she still didn’t come across as being interested in it. The movie was just another gig for her.

      Now I see why she wasn’t casted as the lead character. Have you seen Hollywood movie stars speak at interviews about their roles and their movies. You can see the passion and a much deeper level of interest in the film’s subject matter. Genevieve spoke about the Biafra issue like it was the JFK shooting. As if, how am I supposed to know much about it, and hopefully it will get taught in schools.

      I’m a non-easterner whose parents never even mentioned it, not to shield me, but due to lack of interest, but between the random pictures that pop up on the internet and the “An Igbo Man can never be President ” chants, I had to find out what was up with this Biafra thing.

      You see, part of being an internationally rated star is your level of exposure. As the country’s top rated actress, you don’t have to wait till you are offered a role to take interest in a book which even non-Nigerians are raving about. How exactly is she meant to get more interviews on other talk shows if she cannot add ANYTHING in terms of her experience or knowledge as a Nigerian. At this rate Chinwetele probably has more to say!

      This is why Nigerians aren’t taken seriously, because many of us do not have an interest in and passion for country and our roots. Not attacking Genevieve here, she’s too old to change her ways. She just happens to be a very good case study.

      • jummai January 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

        Best Comment ever.

      • guest January 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

        It could not be said better. Nigerians are lazy in the mind. Everything we think about is money first and showing it off second.Our passion is not for anything else but money. For such a beautiful talent as honourable Genevieve, to be so nonchalant about her own craft just shows its a Nigerian thing. She came across as someone more interested in showing off she’s on a talk show than actually being relevant as a person not an actress.

      • mirabel said January 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        Best Comment ever

      • Tequi January 20, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        Love this comment so much; i love genny so much but the interview she had didnt go down well; at least she would have read the book to have a full idea of what the film she is featuring in is all about that way she can tell the story good enough. there is a book about the film, and yet you dont know what is all about? abeg, that’s not intelligent enough. The average nigerian girl just cares about her looks and not her brain. We need to read well please; haba! she sef she for even read the book before the interview at least, abi she didnt know she will be asked questions relating to her career? in all, i still love gennnnnnnnnnnyyyyyyyy. *winks*

      • deltachik February 13, 2014 at 1:15 am

        Abeg you get sense…Nigerians can be ver lazy when it comes to learning about our history. I am not Ibo, but i had to talk with an Ibo man who lived through it, and he told me everything from start to finish, and I totally nderstood what Ojukwu was trying to accomplish . I can bet that the other fellow non-nigerian actors and actresses know more about our own history. Sad!

  • Leah January 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I agree! Stage fright is not unusual, and this is infront of a live audience, with everyone’ attention and stare on you. The more she does, the more she gets used to it and hopefully will get better. She looks great though.

  • yoyo January 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    im sorry but i am a bit disappointed. I am igbo and i knew about my history way before chimamanda wrote half of a yellow sun. Every igbo person should know this and i dont agree our parents shielded us from it..if anything they spoke so much about it. Genny bcos you just dont know your history doesnt mean you should assume the rest of us dont….speak for yourself. for you to have learnt about it first from your role and then read the book says a lot ….you are just not a reader…and you werent bothered to learn your history…shame it took a movie role to make you come to this realisation. And…how will this history be included in school curriculum? be waiting for government to teach your kids history you are meant to teach them inugo? bella you better post my comment cos all i read is genny is beautiful…which she is…no doubt…but her intellectual ability is questionable.

    • The Real Mrs Rotimi Alakjija January 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      So my dear, do you want to offer your services as a tutor? Because for the life of me I don’t understand why you wrote this essay of yours for us to read.

      • yoyo January 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm

        if you call that an essay then yes, id like to offer tutoring services starting with you first..

      • Sexxie January 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

        Lol! Yes, starting with you because I can see you need to be tutored by Yoyo on writing your last name correctly.

    • Anonymous January 15, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      I TOO KNOW, It is a DISEASE, a Deadly one at that .

      • Donald-Landon January 15, 2014 at 10:55 pm

        So knowing about your own history is “I TOO KNOW”. I weep for Nigeria.

    • corolla January 16, 2014 at 1:28 am

      @Yoyo, you are so correct.

    • Ada January 16, 2014 at 2:44 am

      She didn’t say the book/movie was her first time learning about the history; she clearly stated that she learned A LOT from Chimamanda’s piece. You should be disappointed in yourself for lacking basic comprehension skills especially since you dey pose here as if you u better pass others. Take it easy so you won’t end up sounding like a wise fool jare, you can deliver your point without giving others wedgie abeg lol. Now that she did the interview guess what? Many people will pick up the book and learn more about the Biafran war. Many will use Google and other resources to learn and educate themselves about the ugly truth Nigerian government is trying hard to hide. Whether you liked her interview or disliked it, one thing is clear: this interview go shine a brand new spotlight, attention and education on the Biafran war, so she’s alright by me.

      • sugarplum January 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

        kudos Ada,well said..

      • imsexyandiknowit January 16, 2014 at 6:17 pm

        ada the majority of comments on here supports what yoyo said. so take a sit! she made way more sense than you.

    • Pb fabulous January 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

      U are one of d problems we hav in dis country. . . U knw all dis thins nd u are stil not d governor of ur state

  • yoyo January 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    btw did you just say you are young? you are like 8-9 years older than me and i know about our history…smh!

    • Radiant January 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Easy.

      • Iris January 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm

        LOL I can understand her irritation though. I was a little taken aback when Genevieve said “I’m young…” Chimamanda wrote the book and she’s in the same age group isn’t she? I mean this is something lots of people knew about from various perspectives, whether they were Igbo or from other parts of the country. Maybe Genevieve’s family simply never mentioned the war sha.

      • Iris January 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        Actually I’m not sure why I assumed yoyo was female. “His or her irritation…”

    • chum chum January 15, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      What the he’ll did you thing you know about this war? I bet it can’t be more than we all know. Stop criticising madam reader.

    • yoyo January 15, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      @ iris…yes i am female dear and thanks for understanding my frustration.

      @chumchum…with a written sentence like ‘Most she know everything?’ ….rather than ‘must’..i understand your situation so will not even bother.
      If Genevieve is going to sound silly on canadian TV and make general statements like that then she should boldly take criticisms…

      • The Real Mrs Rotimi Alakjija January 16, 2014 at 1:55 am

        @yoyo My teacher of life. How much do we owe you for this lesson? We most pay you well oo. Oh I’m sorry. We must. Bear with me my dear. I’m a slow learner

  • Samantha January 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    My genny she is so gorgeous. I do agree that she seemed abit nervous. But she is still so eloquent when she speaks!

  • Modella January 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Our queen forever..what if she didn’t take this path???

  • Great Portland Street January 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Genny which primary, secondary and University did u attend? Biko I know about Igno history o. Speak for ur self biko

    • slice January 16, 2014 at 12:45 am

      hmmm, in my own secondary school o, i think more than half the students did not actually learn Nigerian history. They split us into arts and sciences and only arts students took history. Even then self, me I don’t remember learning about biafra in my history class. the only mention of it was literally “Ojukwu wanted to separate nigeria and gowon said nigeria must be one. we are going to fight together to make nigeria one.” btw lol who remembers that song?There wasn’t any actual course with details of the war.

      • sugarplum January 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

        exactly!especially most secondary schools in lagos state.

      • Blessmyheart January 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm

        Wow! I remember that song. I was just saying to my husband yesterday that I knew nothing about the civil war till I read half of a yellow sun. All we knew in secondary school was that the civil war was 1967-1970, meanwhile we learnt how the League of Nations was created after World War 1 and the United Nations after World War 2

  • JB January 15, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    SMH. Genny babe, practice makes perfect!! Always prep for your interviews with thorough q&a sessions with your pr team. if you do this regularly, you will never be caught cold where you can’t answer your interview questions intelligently. Besides, being young does not give you an excuse to be ill-informed about your history! Dressing to the nines with a cute bag/outfit, plus complete manicure (love the yellow nails tho), and an expensive weave does not make for a complete package of an intellectual African woman or actress that is suppose to be above others. #justsaying

  • looters January 15, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    He asked if independence gained by some African countries during that period was reflected in the film and my dear Genny told him we Nigerians (though she didn’t say ‘Nigerians, still….) don’t know our history?? *facepalm*

  • ao January 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    An Igbo person, born and bred in Naija mind you, that does not know about Biafra needs to have their Igbo membership revoked. What a shameful revelation! Tufiakwa!

    • S.T January 16, 2014 at 2:38 am

      you! yourself tufiakwa…..wat do you mean? oh because you know about it…..my dear it’s not everyone that really knows about it ok.@ least she answered well.I don’t know why all this is causing problem.you go do your own seminar about Biafra na.Abeg make i hear word

    • Mz Socially Awkward… January 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      I won’t go so far as saying their membership should be revoked but I agree that it’s a shameful revelation. It’s like a Jew being asked about the holocaust on a televised interview and sounding clueless, imagine how discreditable that person would sound (& before anyone jumps up and down about my reference, I haven’t called the occurrence of the Biafran war a holocaust: I’ve just likened similar historical reference points for another ethnicity)…

      • adaorah January 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        but that was the intention at the time(another holocaust)…….thank God the Igbo tribe is still around today.

  • Geane Chukwuma January 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    It is sad she had to learn the history of her people through a movie. This is a fail for nigeria school system and government and also for the parents. But as always she looks stunning.

  • Great Portland Street January 15, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    @AO I tire o . If it is to upload photos on Instagram trust my naija stars.

  • ILoveGenevieve January 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Simply because she learnt a lot about the war through the film doesn’t mean she didn’t know there was a war. People are here sitting themselves raw in the name of criticising her but in reality majority of Nigerians don’t know about the war!

  • Sweetbaby January 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I must say that I also learnt a lot after ready the, it’s been years now but when ever Biafra is been mentioned my mind go to half of a yellow sun. Gene is not wrong when said she learn a lot from the book and movies.

  • ItsMeAgain January 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    My Naija People, we should blame our “non-reading culture” and school curriculum for Genny being ignorant about our history! Can we all safely say even our president, GEJ and most of our politicians even read at all? Intellectual laziness is the downfall of any society. Nigerians need to learn to start seeking knowledge. I cringe when most of our so called nollywood and music artists “celebrities” and politicians do international interviews. It’s scary!!! Our interviewers in Nigeria need to learn how to ask more intellectual questions during their interviews, NOT who is sleeping with who or dating who!!

    • right January 16, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Like the journalists who covered the Oga at the top interview. Channels news quality of interviewers.

      Brilliant!

  • sassycassie January 15, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    There’s more to life than expensive bags and clothes. Genny just sounded a tad ignorant, sha. And no I’m not hating. I’m younger than Genny and even I know a lot about the war.

    • S.T January 16, 2014 at 2:42 am

      please abeg she answered well….what else are you looking for….or is when she speak big big grammar she answered well.

  • NONY January 15, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    OUR PARENTS DO OT TALK ABOUT THE WAR IN DEATIL I UNDERSTAND WHAT GENEVIEVE MEANS…ESPECIALLY THE IBO ONES..IT WAS A VERY TURBULENT, HUMILIATING, DEPRESSING, CHALLENGING AND DIFFICULT TIME AND MOST PARENTS SHIELDED THE GORY DETAILS FROM THEIR KIDS…WE ALL KNOW THE WAR HAPPENED..I THINK GENNY JUST MEANS THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS OF THE SLAUGHTERING AND ALL THAT…

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  • keepingitreal January 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Ignorance is not an excuse!! She did not not prepped at all and it reflected in her interview. Being beautiful and all is one thing but you have to have brain for you to make an impact on people. Some of us live in a society where we have so many beautiful women, but what we do and the impact we make on people is not dependent on our looks alone. This goes to show that a lot of people in Nigeria need knowledge, a whole lot of knowledge. You have to always question assumptions. People especially those of us from Nigeria need to get into the habit of doing that.

  • Angel January 15, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    What’s wrong with her being nervous? (Am not Genny fan, don’t get d hype about her)
    She’s human, u people (Nigerians) can like find faults…
    Everybody has an opinion about everything yet Nigerians are among the
    Most ignorant people in the world. The worst is that most people don’t even realise their ignorance….

    • El January 16, 2014 at 4:57 am

      Thanks for pointing this out. Everyone has a strong point and for some that is not public speaking. There are some dumb heads who are extremely confident and can respond unintelligently to questions without being nervous. Anxiety must not always be equated with one’s level of knowledge and intelligence. People are just different and being human, we all have our not so perfect sides. We must strive to be better but we should not be judged for our flaws.

  • Sexxie January 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Don’t blame Genny. She got preggy the year she was suppose to learn History in High School. We all know what happened afterwards. Fame! Y’all should free her abeg.

    • Biola January 16, 2014 at 2:40 am

      What happened afterward? She became rich, famous, successful, raised her daughter well, took good care of her family and is now living happily and flying high while you way no get belle for high school is still boning different dudes for recharge card? Got it.

      • Sexxie January 16, 2014 at 7:35 am

        Voltron oshi! I see the truth is still bitter huh?

      • sugarplum January 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

        Thumbs up!

    • Jo! January 16, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

  • Tee January 15, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Yoyo, JB and Itsmeagain,love love love love you guys.BN readers amuse me sha,is it that some don’t have brains or they get carried away with frivolities.Comments should be based on the interview not beauty/tribe.Na wa for this my generation o.

  • chikita January 15, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    dayum i love genevieve! Genevieve if you’re reading this. I LOVE YOU, you look AMAZING, and I hope you get a Golden globe! I already know you’re going to be fantastic in the film!

  • chikita January 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    and please anyone who wants to criticise her for not knowing proper details about it should just be quiet.. only talk if you know EXACTLY what happened, im on my 20s and i schooled in nigeria and i was not at all taught anything about biafra in social studies, i learnt about sango and benin kings instead..and guess what…it was because i took Art as a subject…oya pounce on me for taking Art..urgh.. my point is you cant blame her because to be quite honest we werent taught about these things. if anything, i learnt about the biafran war through chimamanda

    • Diya January 16, 2014 at 12:27 am

      My dear, both of you are proudly ignorant. She should have known better. She wasn’t going to be interviewed as the Julia Roberts of Africa..sigh. Or her “romance” with Kanye West’s employee. She was there to promote a film set during an important time in Nigeria. A little bit of research would have saved her a lot. Abi is Chimamanda not a Nigerian? Didn’t she attend secondary school and year of uni in Nigeria? Aren’t they around the same age? Stop it! Ignorance is ignorance no matter how you put it. One has to put in work if they ever want to be taken seriously. Google is there for free. She will learn from this.

      • S.T January 16, 2014 at 2:46 am

        Diya pls, can you write an essay for we BN readers who don’t know about the war….stop being ignorant yourself….learn to appreciate and not critize.

      • Donald-Landon January 16, 2014 at 3:09 am

        @ S.T– How is Diya being ignorant??? You are the one oozing your ignorance around. It’s the technology and internet age (which means the world is flat) and there are tons and tons of resources online about Nigerian History. Education and learning should be a continuous process and not stop at the door of your secondary school or home. Saying you were not taught in school is a flimsy excuse because many of us were not taught properly either but we took it upon ourselves to research about our history. You have some high school kids here in America that are not even of African descent but are taking it upon themselves to learn about history of different African Countries. How much more a Nigerian born and raised in Nigeria. You want to wait till an outsider tells you about your own history. Google and Bing search engines are there for a purpose. Make use of them.

      • Diya January 16, 2014 at 3:53 am

        S.T, Appreciate blissful ignorance from a respectable Nigerian? No, thank you. I don’t kiss ass.
        Judging from your response, I would not be surprised if you presume that Goodluck Jonathan is a handsome, hardworking and loyal president. Don’t wait for me to educate you. Pay me instead but I suggest you and the others should use google to research about your history so that you can post some knowledge on one of Genny’s instagram photos.
        Please aim to be smart this year. Bye.

      • S.T January 16, 2014 at 9:34 am

        WELL…DIYA, LIKE I SAID BEFORE LEARN TO APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE, APPRECIATE PEOPLE SO PEOPLE WOULD DO THE SAME FOR YOU…..SHE ANSWERED WELL, MY DEAR AM NOT INTERESTED IN WHATEVER ARGUMENT OR INSULT YOU ARE GIVEN….DAT ONE NA YOUR OWN PALAVA….

      • Diya January 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        I want people to call me out when I mess up because I love to learn.
        I don’t want people to cheer me for being mediocre & negligent of my job. We have spoiled these people.
        I am tired of repeating myself. Open your mind and put your affection towards Genevieve aside. I am a huge fan but I have a mind of my own. I am only saying we should aspire for knowledge. Do & be better. I am aware we werent really taught in school about the Biafran war but it is your job as an actor to have knowledge on the film you are promoting. The man wasn’t asking for a history lesson. If I was the film’s director, I would fire her from promoting the film because this is poor marketing. No one f*cks with my money & reputation. Typical Nigerian & lack of professionalism.

        I will not “appreciate” just because she is on a Canadian show looking pretty. Next time, they should just invite the other cast members- like Chiwetel to promote the film. These people put in serious work because they have serious competition unlike these over hyped Nigerian entertainers who are very comfortable with being trash. The other people should promote this film because they seem to understand what professionalism is & the purpose of google .

        I think it is O.K to be nervous as long as she answers questions with insight. International fame is not easy o.

  • Cool cat January 16, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Did miss nnaji really say history should be “cultivated” in the curriculum on international tv? What does that have to do with the question she was asked? Even if she didn’t know anything before the movie shouldn’t she have done more research afterwards? In the first place don’t our actors research their movie roles, or she just read the script as delivered? And people will call this successful? Smh.

  • Diya January 16, 2014 at 12:13 am

    She is a product of her society. Materialistic hype loving people who happen to be extremely empty on the inside. This is what she’s going to encounter if she is still working towards international recognition. What makes Lupita special? beauty & substance. I hope she reads more about her history because she will have more interviews when this movie is finally released. This is not the usual ‘when will you get married? are you going back to school? is D’Banj a loving boyfriend? Have you met Kanye and Kim? how do you maintain your lovely dark skin & figure 8′ kind of interview she’s accustomed to in Nigeria. Chimamanda had an interview with two elderly tv hosts in Nigeria and the old people had not read her book, Americanah. That interview was an embarrassment. Meanwhile, she had an interview with a white host in his country and the man had already read the book and picked out quotes from it. He asked her important questions that were relevant to the theme of her book. That is how you do it. Nigerians need to do better.

    That white man was laughing at her display of ignorance when she said I am young. Who the f*ck says that. I love Genevieve, she’s not considered young in her field and I know she’s smart. I really hope she learnt her lesson from this interview. Knowledge is power. Ignorance clothed in weave and high end clothing brands aint cute.

    • Ada January 16, 2014 at 2:37 am

      I was live when the show was tapped and chica thou art full of chit.
      George was not laughing at her, he and the audience (myself included) laughed WITH her because of the way she said it. Besides, she’s she’s a young woman or is 30s considered old in your hood? She started the interview in a lighthearted way to break the ice and ease up a bit but it seems like some people didn’t get the memo, chill jare lol.

      Nigeria as a country did a HORRIBLE job of passing down this piece of history and like she said, many parents in the East didn’t do a fine job of passing the history down either. The memory is still fresh in the minds of many and a lot of people are uncomfortable to talk about the issue till date. Movies like Half of A Yellow Sun is finally breaking that ice and sparking up emotions, thoughts and curiosity needed to bring this story back to life. The fastest way to spread knowledge is through education I agree with her that Nigerians should start talking about the Biafran war and other crisis in schools. History must not be forgotten so the ugly ones won’t be repeated. I definitely wish she gave more insight on the topic but she did a good job overall. PS: This clip didn’t show the full length interview!

      • Diya January 16, 2014 at 3:39 am

        Lmaooo if it was Tonto Dike, you people will be running your jollof rice mouth all over this post. I will repeat this again, she was there to promote a film not speak about her private life. Go and figure.
        You did not answer my question- Aren’t Chimamanda & Genevieve around the same age? Haven’t they spent a good amount of time in Nigeria?
        She is young but that doesn’t apply to the kind of industry that she is in- read again. Watch Chiwetel’s interview. How come he has a decent knowledge about his character & era of the story when he wasn’t born in the 1800s. This is a part of an actor’s job to understand the film and characters he/she play. Intelligence is key. Being a successful actor goes beyond memorizing lines. Stop with the ignorance guys! It’s painful to see my people embrace ignorance like they have embraced skin bleaching with pride. This not “hating”. Google is free.

      • ILoveGenevieve January 16, 2014 at 8:58 am

        @Jo why do you feel you know what’s going on in her mind? She retweeted the interview to her over 500 thousand followers ….doesn’t appear she was EMBARRASSED by it. Admittedly she would have given a informative and thought provoking answer about the question but I can relate with what she did slightly ….shed light to the fact millions of Nigerians don’t know about the war. If she was able to combine both response she won’t be having these attacks. However, she is a very talented actress and frankly speaking very intelligent too. I need her to get on a set and act.

      • slice January 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

        But Diay to be fair, do u think chimam knows that much about yoruba history or ibibio history or the Nok tribe. U get my point. Its all nigerian history but our schools don’t do a grt job of teaching this stuff. Chimam knows abt biafra bc she heard talk of it at home and then did more research for her thesis which then became her book. Nt all families talk abt it tho

      • Diya January 16, 2014 at 11:37 pm

        @slice
        You kind of answered your own question. Chimamanda obviously did her research like any professional would. Your young idol could have done the same. Shikenan.

    • S.T January 16, 2014 at 2:49 am

      yeah they were laughing because it was actually a joke! and it was funny, learn to see the good in people . wow…..#so much hate on her why?

  • Rhecks January 16, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Well, I think we should just develop a reading culture and broaden our horizon. Whenever we can. I am not from the East, but I dare say I know quite a handful about the history of the Igbo people viz-a-viz. The Biafran war, all thanks to the books I read early in life and to my dad who tells history ever so vividly….I must commend Genevieve though, she really looked fabulous and lovely. Keep up the good work!

  • Ignoranceisadisease January 16, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Hold up. Stop glorifying ignorance here o. I get that this is your beloved Genny, in whom y’all are well pleased but let us tell the truth she fall my hand for this one o. SMH. Anyway some of the more astute BN readers have said it all. I blame the parents. I am Yoruba and I knew about the war growing up. True the details were not in the school curriculum but please how ditzy can you be as an Igbo person which such a terrible war in the same century of your existence for you not to know at least a thing or two? She better polish up for the next interviews o cos in this one she fumbled big time.

  • deb January 16, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Ok. I don’t know y Gebevive is getting so much attention about this movie if she played the role of ms. Adebayo because ms. Adebayo did not even determine the story line of the novel and chidinmma used ms adebayo to paint yoruba people as lousy people and with funny English accent which I dint like and which still shows that all Ibos are tribalistic. Chidinmma please reply me, you wrote the book.

  • shannaro January 16, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Surely she had some basic knowledge of the war like many others before this book was published but Genevieve for the life of everyone in Bethlehem now that you’ve actually starred in a movie on it, if not for curiosity and instructing yourself,wouldn’t it be common sense to just read around the subject to prepare for interviews where chances that you will be asked to comment on the Biafra War as a Nigerian and an IGBO woman are high?Just memorizing a few lines,words about actual concrete things to recycle and throw around instead of vague rambling about how you learnt a lot/are too ‘young’ (when being around the same age as the books’ author) would suffice. Like I dn’t know man that was a poor dodge. Looking good though I guess.

  • kenny January 16, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Just curious if she gets some kind of prep before she goes to life audience for an interview. The little things count a lot, i’m so surprised that she still get nervous, that shows they only focus on making money, the typical nigerian factor. criticisms is good, it helps one move to the next level. When you attain a certain level most especially as a celebrity, one should hire a people who will help that improve some skills he/she don’t have. Her response don’t make any sense at all. I couldn’t figure out what the hell she’s talking about. This boarders me a lot, each time i listen to politicians and the so called celebrity (some) from nigeria, in an interview, i can’t but wonder if these folks actually have education.

  • elleven45 January 16, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Can we all just patiently wait till we see the whole interview?

    • The Real Mrs Rotimi Alakjija January 16, 2014 at 2:38 am

      My brother, thank you for this comment.

  • mary January 16, 2014 at 2:24 am

    everybody is saying she is nervous, tell me, is it bad to be nervous, it happens to most of us, no matter how prepared u think u re, that nervousness comes. everybody is saying they know their history, yea you all know, trust me if any of you were to be in her shoes, you would fret too. stop finding faults, she does not read, and so what, not everyone has the habit of reading, reading is a hobby. we were not taught about the biafran war in sch, and if she did not get much info from her parents, so be it.

  • Hi January 16, 2014 at 2:37 am

    OMG!!!!! Genevieve Nnaji is a legend!!!!! George Stroumboulopoulos had Pam Grier on his show as well. @Genevieve Nnaji1: TheOnlyOne, congratulations.

  • Yours Truly January 16, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Wow, Genny darling can do no wrong in my eyes – I really enjoyed the interview. What a gorgeous and eloquent lady. This chic remains one of my favourite actresses. Yes, she was nervous (a lot of people get nervous), but, she nailed the interview

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  • Sharon January 16, 2014 at 4:50 am

    i have a question for my imo state babes, is there like something in your water in that state, i just dont understand why imo state babes are so damn gorgeous. It must be something in the water.

    • Mz Socially Awkward… January 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      YES THERE IS!!! :-D “confamed” by the self-titled “Ada Owerri Asa Mpete”, herself. :-D :-D

      • angel April 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm

        Ms socially awkward… so blessed to know you are from owerri.. ya ri la gi nma.

  • Sharon January 16, 2014 at 4:52 am

    i can bet you anything that even that chick Uche (Bella Naija) is from Imo. Tell me am lieing.

  • ‘Midé January 16, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Sorry folks! I have to bust your bubbles now. Your Genny came across as poorly educated and razz. I bet she was nervous because she lacked confidence.

    At least, if she was going to get paid for a film, she should have immersed herself in the history and read herself to bits on the issues that the film explored so as to fully grasp the meanings and ideas those times represented for her Igbo people and Nigerians. She made many mistakes and one is the pronouncing Igbo as Ibo. I think that should not be allowed to go unnoticed. She did her people a lot of injustice like the way the westerners and non-natives would.

    Below is what I heard.

    George Stroumboulopoulos : ” they do it with this film is set the time you know the period tumult is coming and it was a time in Africa where It was starting to get its independence, different countries are getting independence and it was a really interesting time on the continent was that reflected in the film as well? ”

    Genevieve Nnaji : ” I am young, I don’t remember …. ”

    Pardon me ! You don’t remember what? Your history? The times you just participated and was depicted in a movie? What was she thinking? Did she think it was Toolz interviewing her?

    I hated her nonchalance and her apparent ignorance of the dynamics of those times. It undersells the movie. She seemed more like a pin head. I don’t think that is classy or sexy.

  • ‘Midé January 16, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Bad advertisement!

  • Maria January 16, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Bad ad indeed, she is tryng to sound dumb, sh played the flaming role, why the ‘i dont know’ i’m young thing. I was frankly embarassed for her. I love Gene but Omotola would have slayed by trying to show she kn ows it all. this is not the time to appear cute, its the time to show you understood the role you played! And I’m not talking tribalism here, girl you arent convincing me you did a great job in the movie, you dont sound like you know anyhing at all #Disappointed

    • Hope January 16, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Ha wasnt it just 2 scenes she had? pardon her if she dosent care

      • ILoveGenevieve January 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

        It will take your lady with Kim K vibes another 10 years to be as talented, intelligent, charming and truly desirable like Genevieve. I have seen the film she had more than one scene and they were instrumental to the entire film. And guess what? She NAILED it! Now hide in shame. Bleh!

      • 2014 January 16, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        Pardon her if she doesn’t care??? In that case she shouldn’t have taken the role!!! Gosh!!! The level of ignorance displayed by some Nigerians blows my mind!!! Most of the comments here I.e diya’s are constructive criticisms and NOT hate like myopic minded individuals like u would suggest!! How in God’s name would anyone feature in a movie and not have in depth knowledge about it?? It’s like going for a job interview unprepared. For us to grow, we must be willing to learn, with this gross ignorance Genevieve displayed, do you sincerely think any serious minded movie director( Hollywood anyway) will want her on board his/her project??? Ignorance is stale and not bliss. Please wake up!!!

      • Donald-Landon January 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm

        @ 2014 — Hope was actually being sarcastic.

  • mabel January 16, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I am 33years old, from Imo state. My dad taught literature my mom a retired matron. Very educated both of them but guess what in all my 33 years I have NEVER heard them talk about the civil war. I went to one of the best primary and secondary schools in Lagos state but again nobody talked about it. Gained admission into school and heard when my course mate a lagosian laughingly talked about how igbos who could not speak yoruba were thrown into the lagoon at the lagos island(his father told him) that was when I decided to loo for journals,old newspapers to learn about the civil war. It is very easy for some of my law professors to call us illiterate in the field of law(did my masters in inter law). I read a lot. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse not ignorance of your history. Some people simply do not like READING if u like put a gun to their head. I have some as friends and simply love them. That doesn’t make them air heads or ignorant. Somebody came out wt a 2nd class upper, very intelligent but doesn’t read. She records conversations, simply loves listening. Saying she doesn’t read makes her unntelligent sounds like saying blind people are not intelligent.

  • Loveth.O. January 16, 2014 at 8:46 am

    lovely Jump Suit she had on

  • bobbydox January 16, 2014 at 8:51 am

    You know people, Genevieve Nnaji was very very very very honest with her interview

    • whocares January 16, 2014 at 10:48 am

      LOL. Maybe too honest.

    • trufactoid January 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Even if she was not honest, we would have known that she was not prepared. Both and Omotola and Genevieve need to learn that the international game is real. Don’t jump into the water if you are not ready.

  • Cocobutter January 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Armored car,shelling machine,heavy artillery! Ewelike imeli biafra,biafra win the war! That’s d song babes and dude,i read d book titled ‘biafra war’ when i was 14years old. I dnt care if u all cuss me out but truth is shame on Genny!

  • merci January 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

    its not about being taught in school, a little preparation would have done a great deal. do a little research (audio, visual or written ), to show she understood the film clearly. lets call a spade a spade. Genny love, tips for next time!!!

  • Hope January 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Lol @ all.. not really surprised. Didnt Genny once say she dosent do any research for a role given to her? And she just plays it like it comes to her.. I think that says it all really.

    • ILoveGenevieve January 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Yet she nails it. Your lady researched for her role in Amina and gave that horrid performance right? One would think you support a superior researching performer.

      • Hope January 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        Lol.. you are so defensive it aint even funny! I dunno how a sensible person can say omotola gave “horid” performance.. You wouldnt even be able to notice if you saw it..face it, Omotola’s best acts put your Genny’s to absolute shame. You know it, i know it! Now go and cry and come back whinging..lmao!!

      • ILoveGenevieve January 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm

        The only thing I know is Genevieve is an incredible talent, brilliant, charismatic, real African woman. I can’t say that for your lady with Kim K vibes. She is a laughable be it all and know it all. Bleh!

  • ILoveGenevieve January 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Genevieve darling,

    Reading all these criticisms? Or your manager or anyone close to you? Some aren’t destructive. Take cue from some them. Promoting a film internationally is a different ball game. In your CNN interview you reffered to Mirror boy as “just a children’s adventure” ….nope darling you speak enthusiastically about a film and provide insights that immerse the viewers watching you. That in return sells your brand better. Hell yeah, some actresses provide humor to every questions ….most of them are whites baby girl.

    Your darling Angelina Jolie unlike the Jennifer Lawrence of the world famous for what you just did (who is white and enjoying the privileges) answers questions about movies she features in with depth. Your publicist needs to groom you in all these things. They are learned.

    With love,
    ILoveGenevie.

    • Hope January 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Hey relax erm.. and oh now that you are willing to go there Omotola is MORE TALENTED that Genny! Yes! You only have to watch their facial expressions when they act to see the obvious different. 2nd, you said Genny had more than 1 scenes? Well, if you actually used your eyes you would see i said “2 scenes” not 1. Waka pass na waka pass, no sugar coat am..lol..

      • ILoveGenevieve January 16, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        I adviced you to go for a mental upgrade last year. I assume you didn’t. Your lady aint got nothing on Genevieve, sorry Hope to burst your heart. I would add “less” to your ID but its Christmas for you.

  • Enye January 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

    “I’m young, I don’t remember.” Epic fail! A little bit of research would have gone a long way! Just like on CNN she said “I don’t walk, I drive.” Lol! We really need to start filling our brains with knowledge! There’s more to life than weaves, chanel and Instagram!

    Love her still!

  • Linda January 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

    On the second note, to know more about Nigerian civil war, pick up ” there was a country ” by Chinua Achebe. I hope Ms. Genny is aware of this book.

    • Blessmyheart January 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      I think I learnt more from ‘half of a yellow sun’ than from ‘there was a country’.

  • Great Portland Street January 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Her PR team need to groom her, interview tips and all. There’s much more to life than Instagram and wearing designer clothes. Vanessa biko u know better! U guys need to groom Genny . Epic fall interview so was her CNN interview as well. She wants to go international abii. Nne go back to the drawing board, we learn every day #okbye

  • WM January 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I am a fan of Genevieve but truth be told, I am disappointed she gave this response. Ordinarily from her interpreted role as MS.Adebayo (based on what I read from the book) she should know that it was a post Nigerian Independence war(maybe she was nervous and that clouded her thoughts like some said). I like that she used humour to wriggle out of situation by saying that she is young and with the other supporting comments…. she used her brain as opposed to all y’all that said she should use her brain more(but Ms. Gene History is taught in our schools and its Nigerian History not another country’s).

  • Mama Mia!!! January 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Nigerians are just freaking annoying. Not everyone is perfect. She does not read, yada yada yada yada… This lady dropped out of secondary school and is more well spoken than most of you on this forum, when would you all learn to see beyond your useless criticisms and celebrate genuine talent. If you watch beyonce and Jennifer Aniston’s interview you will know that not all of us can be public speakers. You all should get a life biko!!! Criticizing everybody like you have an impact on their lives means nada! yet, if it were to be Toke you will sit down and say “oh she is funny” “oh she just cracked me up” “Oh accent are becoming realistic” or even d’banj jumping from one vine farm to another and making silly jokes is normal.mtcheew A woman as poised as this and quite intelligent is seen as being unintelligent? I can’t with you people I just can’t! Mediocrity people Kowai…

  • oohlala January 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Genevieve should have prepared more for the interview. And after starring in the film, one scene or not, she should have asked questions about the war.After reading Half of a yellow sun, I was curious about the war, so I went and read more. And here’s one of the things I found out. The Biafran war isn’t allowed to be taught in our schools. A lot of people don’t know because they are not allowed to know. Nigeria believes it is better not to remember it so if your parents don’t talk about it, and you’re not from the East, you’re unlikely to know. Once I visited Germany and was amazed at how they had preserved the war in a museum. Even the Berlin wall is now a tourist site. Where do you go to see anything about the Biafran war? It’s not even in our history books! We’re ignorant because Nigeria wants us to be. I’m surprised they were even allowed to make the film here. Where is the film sef? E never reach?
    And yeah, our interviewers are mostly to blame. Only asking about what they are wearing and who they are dating. Sigh

    • Lizzie January 18, 2014 at 6:39 am

      if you want to see relics of the biafran war, visit the Ojukwu Bunker in Umuahia.

  • sandra January 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    i heard about the biafran war but in depth, when i read the book half of a yellow sun during the holidays i got more light on what it was all about. i dnt blame Genevieve she did her best. i dnt have time go ogling abt it.

  • gistonice January 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Nigerians! Always quick to judge a successful black sister.

    • sassycassie January 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      oh, put a sock in it, already! Nobody is judging her. How is she ever going to get better if she cant take constructive criticism?! We will never be able to move forward in this country if we keep encouraging mediocrity. There’s nothing cute about ignorance

      • imsexyandiknowit January 16, 2014 at 6:13 pm

        thank you. i mean look at lupita! started from shuga and ended up in hollywood cos she invested in making her craft better. naija and mediocrity. genevieve sounds dumb…she needs to advance her knowledge or remain a local star. end of! this nonsense wont fly if you want to be an international star. on her CNN interview she said she would like to work with hollywood greats…well my dear genny…negligence and ignorance wont allow you get there

      • gistonice January 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

        Quick to judge in the sense that we shouldn’t just condemn her on this single one..I will personally say she has been up to the task so far and probably didn’t get enough preparation before the interview, no one can say. To imagine someone call her an “air head” or “dumb” well probably being an air head and being dumb got her where she is..everybody works at getting better, so we shouldn’t use this single flop to judge her on every other aspect, it could happen to anyone. When we criticize we should do it with much reasoning..Just my thought

  • nene January 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    i agree with the comments saying genevieve sounds ignorant and unprepared in all her interviews. i think she’s a lazy person. but i’m still happy i saw her on this show (not a fan though).

  • fashionandstylepolice January 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Here we go again…

  • 2014 January 17, 2014 at 12:36 am

    @hope. @donald-lan…. In that case pele! The whole thing just tire me!!!lol

  • chinedu arinze January 17, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Pple leave our genny alone,cos u pple knw her well,if na lupita nw una go sing praises to her,anyway diS year is for genny to storm hollywood believe it or not,naija we dnt to appreciate aown,in my school they didn’t teach us abt biafra war so dnt blame genny,plz dnt compare our genny wt lupita,wht did she even do in 12 years a Slave dat genny can’t do jst cos she’s lucky to land a role whc wz thru connectionsm

    • Hope January 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Yuk! have you seen Genny act at all? No way on earth she would have been able to pull that off the way Lupita did.. (even tango with me she did, i struggled to connect with her as she didnt really put enough emotion into the role).. but of course some nutters like “ILoveGenevieve” would want to say otherwise lol..sorry couldnt resist a little dig a!!

      • ILoveGenevieve January 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm

        Genny can’t play Lupita’s role but your lady with Kim K vibes can? Lol! I grapevine told me three roles your lady got where offered to guess who first? You guessed right. She turned it down and they passed it to the guess who? Why is Genevieve always first choice yet untalented? That Tango With Me you said you couldn’t watch I learnt may have been what landed her Half of a Yellow Sun role. Are you dead yet? Lol.

      • deltachik February 13, 2014 at 1:32 am

        You get sense! She was very fake in tango with me, even Ini edo would have done a better job, Ije and mirror boy was the same thing. Genny is being overhyped, and i think it stemmed from her being carried as the queen of nollywood and being the highest paid at some point. She forgot that if you dont improve your skills, you depreciate. Even hollywood actors take classes to refresh thier skills to become more marketable every now and then.

  • NNENNE January 17, 2014 at 2:56 am

    BN, hope you will air the clips of the interview.
    Go Genny! I have watched the best of Hollywood but I still love you.

  • Puhleese January 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Yes I do also blame a lot of our interviewers and the dumb questions they ask; Well that’s because mediocrity is highly celebrated in Nigeria. Go to Ibadan and listen to the private radio station interview programes and presenters there. You will be shocked! They ask intelligent questions and alot of your so called celebrities who visit the radio station there always say how they are impressed and were expecting the stupid questions they usually get at Lagos radio and TV stations. The people who live in Ibadan know the radio station I’m talking about before I’m accused of advertising them

  • Hope January 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    @iLoveGenevieve… She got the complete package and a complete woman which ur Genny dosent have.. go and cry secretly and come whinge more.. ;)

    • ILoveGenevieve January 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Genny is being criticized for being truthful mind you not dumb. Your lady on the other hand has no truth in her. One minute she has Steven Speilbergs number, the next she doesn’t, the next she sings for activism work ….I weep for her. Nothing else. Forgot soon how she sweated in an air condition room for the CNN interview? What makes one sweat? Lies. Hell yeah, she is a complete package ….so is a she-goat. Lol!

      • Hope January 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

        Genny na dumb chick, ouside of the yeye movies wey she dey do na wetin she sabi? lol..even clothing line she no sabi run am well the thing flop..lol.. and for “she goat” comment, id have though that would have been more appropraite for you idol afterall she started sampling different kind of men from a young age..erm.. and ok, you know there is a correlation between goats and dumbness dont you? your idol fits the bill perfectly..;)

    • ILoveGenevieve January 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      I got some things you said. Others I didn’t. Are you trying to tell me something about Genevieve’s private life? I can’t relate with why its brought up here. I can’t defend it ….I don’t know her. But aint that some eight grade shit loosers bring up when there are defeated?

  • Hope January 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    The only thing I know is Genevieve is an incredible talent, brilliant, charismatic, real African woman. I can’t say that for your lady with Kim K vibes. She is a laughable be it all and know it all. Bleh!
    ——————————-
    @ILoveGenevieve.. and OmoT is a successful career woman, immense talent (look auditors gave her lead role immediately after witnessing her talent), everything inclusive.. and did i hear anyone saying she is also a good mother and wife? which Genny cant seem to buy? :P (can imagine the tears flowing down..lol..).. And oh, Who is laughable? Everyone is laughing at how dumb Genny is already! lmao! DumbGenny (kinda has a nice sound to the ears those words dosent it? ;) :P.

    • ILoveGenevieve January 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Lead role in which movies? Lol! Wasn’t she same woman they gave the girl in the crowd hi role? You are laughable. Genevieve played opposite Chiwetel and she didn’t only say hi, her character was a mild torment. Your lady on other hand says hi and the internet broke loose. You guys are sickos. Lol!

      • Mama Mia!!! January 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

        Preach!!!

      • Hope January 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

        Lead role in her first Nollywood movie!! ;) ;) ;). Look who is talking bout internet breaking..when the news broke all over internet your idol was gonna feature in HOAYS. Why didnt your idol inform her fans it was gonna be waka pass too? lmao! or why she no debunk false news of her acting with anjeli. jolie, or being bond girl.. ermm… DumbGenny! ;)

      • ILoveGenevieve January 17, 2014 at 9:24 pm

        Her first role in Nollywood was lead, and first in Hollywood was lady in the crowd in some C rate American TV series. Would you prefer I told you the fatal implication of that? Lol! And did your lady while touting and shouting about her role tell internet it was that blink-or-you-miss-me-stay-glued sorta gig? Stop coming across as a crazy old babblin’ cracker with dementia. Cause its working ….feeling sympathetic towards you.

  • donna January 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    She definitely was uncomfortable. I always thought Ms. Nnaji to be a lot brighter than this. The question was whether the interesting period of when different African countries were getting their independence reflected in the movies.,,not whether she was old enough to remember the time. I think the question was more about the movie than witnessing the time period itself. And what’s with Igbo people not being able to pronounce Igbo anymore?

  • donna January 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    She definitely was uncomfortable. I always thought Ms. Nnaji to be a lot brighter than this. The question was whether the interesting period of when different African countries were getting their independence was reflected in the movie. An opportunity for her to share anything in Nigerian history, such as Nigerian ethnic tensions, politics,e.t.c.., an open ended question really. And all she could do was ramble about schools and her parents. Shameful.

  • Lizzie January 18, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Bia Hope and I Love Genevieve…. this is juvenile delinquency at its peak. BN how did you allow this back and forth stupidity?

    Back to the matter, she didn’t have to know a lot about the war to answer that question, there is something called context but maybe she is too young to grab that too… *sigh*

    • ‘Midé January 18, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks about Hope and I Love Genevieve. They should not be allowed to turn the criticisms of Genevieve into the kind of negativity that pitches us into camps. Genevieve is a Nigerian representative and in this case she just happens to be representing the Igbo experience. She was called out on how she represented both experiences on a global stage. Personally, I would like her to succeed internationally and also would like her brand to be solid because similar goodwill would most likely be extended to more Nigerians. She is pioneering efforts for Nollywood to be accepted on the global stage.

      I would hate it if Hope and I Love Genevieve lose this focus and turn us against ourselves for nothing really. I hope Genevieve succeeds and if she happens to be reading the comments she should realise we are concerned that is why we are commenting. I don’t think knowing a little bit of history hurts. There are many stories in our history that still need to be told and she is the industry that tells stories. It helps if she is conversant with most of the common ones.

  • buterfly January 18, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    As much a i love geneieve, i am highly disappoint at this interview. how can you be part of an historical movie and ave very little idea of the history. having said that she is an igbo woman for crying out loud, all the igbo friends i have definitely know about the biafra war. this woman should have prepared herself before going for this interview. its a shame how most of our nigerian celebrities don’t represent us well in the western world. i just feel she is a lazy minded person who only care about the publicity and credit she will get after this movie as the book is known worldwide. this is why nigeria is not progressing. Ignorance and careless attitude is ruining our country.

  • Sasha January 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

    We lost a lot of people in the biafra war including my uncle… Am also young and my family always talked to us about the war ..I have grown up curious to know more because the dead died fighting for a better Nigeria… What a shame!!
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  • Saviour Jennet January 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    U answered excellently well, working briskly wit given limited tym n shows gr8t African Confidence. Genevieve u humbled urself, saying dat u still learn coz we can’t knw all dat happened in history, there are stil unknwn facts. I love u n u made Africa proud.
    To hell with opposers who are SCHOLARS RECOGNISED BY DE 4 CORNERS OF THEIR ROOM WALL. Go Genny, Oscars awaits u…

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