Genevieve Nnaji, Nollywood star and Face of MUD Cosmetics Nigeria, makes a foray into the music world as host of the 2010 African Music Awards. The event will be held on October 15th, 2010 at the Wembley Arena, London. See below for details. Purchase your tickets here.
(London) (October 2010), Simon Webbe from BLUE and Genevieve Nnaji who is arguably the biggest actress in Africa have been confirmed to host this year’s O2 African Music Awards, on Friday 15th October at Wembley Arena, London.
Genevieve started her acting career as a child actress in the then popular television soap opera Ripples at the age of 8. In 2004 she became the face of Lux soap in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. In 1998 at the age of 19 she was introduced into the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie “Most Wanted”. Her subsequent movies include Last Party, Mark of the Beast and Ijele.
She has starred in over 80 Nollywood movies. Nnaji has received several awards and nominations for her work, including the Best Actress of the year award at the 2001 City People Awards and the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2005 African Movie Academy Awards. In 2004 she signed a recording contract with EKB Records, a Ghanaian record label, and released her debut album One Logologo Line, a mix of R&B, Hip-Hop and Urban music.
Simon is best known as a member of the British boyband BLUE. Webbe was born in Moss Side, Manchester, England. Webbe launched his post-Blue career on 22 August 2005 with his first solo single “Lay Your Hands” which peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart. His follow up single “No Worries” reached #4 in the UK, making him the only Blue member to have multiple Top 10 singles. After the release of two singles, Webbe released his debut solo album Sanctuary which has now gone double platinum.
Speaking with excitements, Eric McKaiser, CEO and founder of the AMAs said “Genevieve has successfully managed to sell Africa to the rest of the world. There can be no doubt that she is one of the most famous African faces alive. Simon is our pride and a role model to many Africans and it is only fitting that we welcome such legends to host this year’s awards”
With a whole host of other stars such as Akon, Tinchy Stryder, Jermaine Jackson, D’banj, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and many top celebrities appearing, the night promises to be spectacular and with more than 150million people worldwide watching the event, it is going to be the perfect honour for both Simon and Genevieve.
Many people in the music industry believe that the AMAs in London are going to take the place that the MOBOs have left behind, having moved to Liverpool, but what cannot be ignored is that it is going to be the most popular ticket in London on Friday October 15th.
Photo description: Genevieve as Face of MUD Cosmetics Nigeria