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Genevieve: “What I don’t like about Nigeria?…I never diss my own country” – on CNN International’s African Voices

African Voices meets Nigerian movie star Genevieve Nnaji, one of Africa’s most successful actresses. Dressed in a Jewel by Lisa piece, Genevieve was interviewed by CNN’s Pedro Pinto. This is one of the most comprehensive interviews given by the actress, she discussed her love for Nigeria, her acting career, Nollywood and lots more. The show will air this weekend 26th to 28th March 2011 – Watch the show at the following times on CNN International: •Saturdays: 0830, 1430
•Sundays: 0800, 2100
•Mondays: 1030, 1730
(all times GMT)


Transcript – Excerpt
Nigeria is just like any other place
GN – Everything, every aspect of you know, human nature is in every Nigerian. The good, the bad, the ugly, it’s just like another New York. You know, Nigeria is fun to be honest. But we’re not the worst people. All we have people talking about when it comes to Nigeria is crime and fraud, and that’s just a very, very, minute number of people. Nigerians as a whole are very confident people, I believe we’re confident, I believe we’re very resourceful and we are very hospitable when it comes to visitors in the country.

PP – When you look at you’re country, what are some of the things you love about it, what are some of the things that you would like to change?

GN – I like that as Nigerians as we are, we have some sort of neighbourly love that we don’t understand, we have a way of coming to the rescue of complete strangers, we do have that bond and I think it has to do with our background and how we are raised and how Nigerians in a whole have been made to be morally. It’s like you have a moral duty to your society, to yourself, to your family so it’s like everybody’s business is everybody’s business. It’s a bad thing sometimes, but it does have its good sides. You know, so that is something that we are. We probably don’t know as a people and if we don’t know we should know it now, it’s a good thing. What I don’t like about Nigeria…man, I never diss my own country, man! You know, what ever negativity is in a country is in every other country; it’s in every other part of the world. So, the thing is everyone needs to be treated as individuals and not a collective nation. You don’t judge one person or judge one person by another persons faults. So, I just take every Nigerian the way I see them. I would never live anywhere else to be honest, no.

PP – Really?

GN – No, I grew up in Lagos, I was born, bred there. I don’t see myself leaving that town anytime soon. I can work anywhere else, but in terms of living, I’m used to Lagos, I’m sorry!

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Comment by Noel Arthur on June 4, 2011 at 8:52pm
hmmm....very good, www.nigeriamoviesreview.com
Comment by Kasarachi Azubuike on April 3, 2011 at 11:32am
am so much in luv in wot u sed. Me neither, cant DISS My country. Am a proud 9ja.
Comment by Moses K Tawose on March 29, 2011 at 10:22pm
A bastard child would use its left to give direction to his/her fathers house. I respect her wits!!!
Comment by adeleye cornelius dolapo on March 29, 2011 at 5:41pm
yea...it runz in d blood....9ja na di koko.
Comment by Chika Uche Dudu on March 29, 2011 at 3:24pm
Good one from GN.
Comment by susanjerry on March 29, 2011 at 2:57pm
Thats very good of u GN,
Comment by Dumebi on March 29, 2011 at 2:31pm
9ce...way to go girl!!! there's never a place like home.
Comment by EMMANUEL CHIKEZIE CHIMA on March 29, 2011 at 2:13pm

Carry go GN............ Naija 4 real ..................... Naija 4 life.................... joooooor ooooooooooooooooo Nothing do us ...........we Naija pple


Comment by ajadi kehinde on March 29, 2011 at 11:55am
that the spirit of naija in her talking
Comment by Ajadi Taiwo Hassan on March 29, 2011 at 11:46am
Wow that's one patriotic Nigerian.


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