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Genevieve Nnaji to appear on CNN

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ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
Errrmmmmm....I dare to agree with you on the charity thing here!

WHAT HAS GENEVIEVE NNAJI DONE FOR THE POOR AND HELPLESS IN NIGERIA?

The gal seems NOT to have any heart for the less privileged! She is all about succeeding and self.

She has money and fame and yet, she is NOT using it for others? hasn't she heard that God blesses people to be a blessing to others?

It is a DAMN FREAKIMNG SHAME that she could NOT list one charity she works with or even one single foundation she is sponsoring!

She lost me there!! And she mentions Angelina Jolie!! Are you kidding me??? What aspect of Angie Jolie as a PHILANTHROPIST does she NOT see? Or that Angie adopts kids and takes care of them?! Julie Roberts? Seriously?

Genny Nnaji, you TOTALLY effed up on CNN by showing you do no charity! I am truly disappointed! Selfishness is not a good thing!
Bored interviewer with boring interviewee...what a good dose of YAWN. Raking so much in and not able to say just one charity you align with? You give back by recommendation? Yeah, very intelligent she is... NOT!!!

Didn't she know of this interview before hand? Wasn't she prepped?? Who handles her PR???

If you wanna play among the big boiz and gurlz like she's indicated then she needs to start doing some serious brushing up 'cause this is a disaster!

You take a shine to Angelina and you are not really big on charity? She was clearly chatting porkies, there.
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
Exactly! How can she admire Angelina Jolie and she is not doing any charity or even adopting any kid....oh, I forgot, she hides her own child!

Please Genny dear, I like you a lot and your successes, but it is about time you use your wealth and fame to help others, you hear?
More of charity and less of self! or you go begin lose your fans faster than you can imagine! They made you, but iut seems you are more concerend about being a demi-god than a human being with a heart.
see the poster's Angelina and charity (giving back) arguement.
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
And it seemed like she was avoiding looking the interviewer straight in the eye! VERY uncomfortable! I was not impressed with her total body language.
She did speak a little too fast. There are a few things she needs to learn about interviewing. Thats why I have insisted that she open up more. Am an introvert myself and you will not know your flaws until others point them out. They can't point them out when you are closed up. Obviously she is not as perfect as some of her fans want us to believe. But this is a start. She should watch herself and learn something. I hope. And why does she frown in the forehead like that?? Does not look good. It makes the viewer uncomfortable. You wonder if there is something she is not sayin.
 
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naijafinest

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Errrmmmmm....I dare to agree with you on the charity thing here!

WHAT HAS GENEVIEVE NNAJI DONE FOR THE POOR AND HELPLESS IN NIGERIA?

The gal seems NOT to have any heart for the less privileged! She is all about succeeding and self.

She has money and fame and yet, she is NOT using it for others? hasn't she heard that God blesses people to be a blessing to others?

It is a DAMN FREAKIMNG SHAME that she could NOT list one charity she works with or even one single foundation she is sponsoring!

She lost me there!! And she mentions Angelina Jolie!! Are you kidding me??? What aspect of Angie Jolie as a PHILANTHROPIST does she NOT see? Or that Angie adopts kids and takes care of them?! Julie Roberts? Seriously?

Genny Nnaji, you TOTALLY effed up on CNN by showing you do no charity! I am truly disappointed! Selfishness is not a good thing!
And you if I may ask what have you done? You don't have to be rich and famous to do your part. I am sure you are more fortunate than most.
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
Put me on CNN and you will hear all the amazing things I have done in my communities.

She wants to enter the International scene, and CHARITY is a big thing to the International community.

How can she claim her giving back is 'helping discover young talents'....like who??
who has ever come out to thank Genny for being discovered?
Angelina Jolie she loves so much prefers to walk in the dirt in her khaki shorts in a remote African village helping poor kids than to walk all dressed up on red carpet in a Gucci gown. That is how big a heart for giving she has! Forget all her past tattoo-crazy-Billy Bob lifestyle, Angie is a huge humanitarian.
Even when she doesnt use her money, she uses her name which is a brand to get people to give to causes.

This interview shows genny as a selfish person. Simple.

No one is saying she should use her personal money alone, she could use her name to make people donate on her behalf.
And yes, teh bible say give in secret, but that was before the techie age we now live in. that was when the world was not as corrupt and bad as now.
genny giving in public would motivate other people to also give. God will not come down from heaven behind a burning bush to help s many people in need, HE depends on humans on earth here to do it! And that is why HE blesses some more than others!
And you if I may ask what have you done? You don't have to be rich and famous to do your part. I am sure you are more fortunate than most.
 
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naijafinest

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Put me on CNN and you will hear all the amazing things I have done in my communities.

She wants to enter the International scene, and CHARITY is a big thing to the International community.

How can she claim her giving back is 'helping discover young talents'....like who??
who has ever come out to thank Genny for being discovered?
Angelina Jolie she loves so much prefers to walk in the dirt in her khaki shorts in a remote African village helping poor kids than to walk all dressed up on red carpet in a Gucci gown. That is how big a heart for giving she has! Forget all her past tattoo-crazy-Billy Bob lifestyle, Angie is a huge humanitarian.
Even when she doesnt use her money, she uses her name which is a brand to get people to give to causes.

This interview shows genny as a selfish person. Simple.

No one is saying she should use her personal money alone, she could use her name to make people donate on her behalf.
And yes, teh bible say give in secret, but that was before the techie age we now live in. that was when the world was not as corrupt and bad as now.
genny giving in public would motivate other people to also give. God will not come down from heaven behind a burning bush to help s many people in need, HE depends on humans on earth here to do it! And that is why HE blesses some more than others!
Since you may never get on CNN why don't you list the "amazing things" you've done in your community. BTW didn't you read the transcript you posted. Didn't she say something about supporting orphanages?

As far as I'm concerned most Nigerians do not have the right to condemn someone for not being able to name a charity. How many of you or your parents or even your churches support any form of charity in Nigeria? Giving money to your family members does not count.
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
Since I know that genevieve does NOT even know of your existence, I will ignore your ignorance and not really tell you what I think of you.!

And as of getting to CNN, I will conclude that it may be your life story, not mine.
Learn to simply respond to write ups without referring to other people's personal lives, OK?

Even DSampler is not as feisty and irrational as you are here. Tough love! We love genny, but we also got to tell her the truth! Can you live with that? Sheesh.

I opened this thread, didnt I? because I like genevieve, but, I am also a realist! She goofed there and I am sure she knows it and people are praising her even on Bella Naija and noting that one goof, but you choose to come here and rant without any reason like a typical market woman!
You think Genevieve need follow-follow-only type of fanatics like you? I am sure she appreciates constructive criticisms from people who truly like her and want her to progress more in life! and I bet you she wishes that she could change some things!
That she made it to CNN Connector is a HUGE achievement no doubt, but, when she reads people's opinions [NOT condemnation as you erroneously assume}, it will make her better prepared for her next interview!

And your ignorances oozes more by you saying that 'as far as you are concerned Nigerians do not have right to condemn'...blah blah blah!

Are you for real? Who are you to deprive ALL Nigerians the right to voice their opinions? Are the same Nigerians NOT the ones that made Genevieve who and what she is today? You think if Nigerians did not watch and appreciate her first movie she would have made it to the next stage?
Why am I even bothering to reply you, it is ThanksGiving Day.....have a nice life!
Since you may never get on CNN why don't you list the "amazing things" you've done in your community. BTW didn't you read the transcript you posted. Didn't she say something about supporting orphanages?

As far as I'm concerned most Nigerians do not have the right to condemn someone for not being able to name a charity. How many of you or your parents or even your churches support any form of charity in Nigeria? Giving money to your family members does not count.
 

nike007

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Umm please no one made Genevieve who she is, she delivered in her movies and got what she deserved, if she was a horrible actress no one would have paid any mind to her. She is a success because of her talent.
 
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naijafinest

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Since I know that genevieve does NOT even know of your existence, I will ignore your ignorance and not really tell you what I think of you.!

And as of getting to CNN, I will conclude that it may be your life story, not mine.
Learn to simply respond to write ups without referring to other people's personal lives, OK?

Even DSampler is not as feisty and irrational as you are here. Tough love! We love genny, but we also got to tell her the truth! Can you live with that? Sheesh.

I opened this thread, didnt I? because I like genevieve, but, I am also a realist! She goofed there and I am sure she knows it and people are praising her even on Bella Naija and noting that one goof, but you choose to come here and rant without any reason like a typical market woman!
You think Genevieve need follow-follow-only type of fanatics like you? I am sure she appreciates constructive criticisms from people who truly like her and want her to progress more in life! and I bet you she wishes that she could change some things!
That she made it to CNN Connector is a HUGE achievement no doubt, but, when she reads people's opinions [NOT condemnation as you erroneously assume}, it will make her better prepared for her next interview!

And your ignorances oozes more by you saying that 'as far as you are concerned Nigerians do not have right to condemn'...blah blah blah!

Are you for real? Who are you to deprive ALL Nigerians the right to voice their opinions? Are the same Nigerians NOT the ones that made Genevieve who and what she is today? You think if Nigerians did not watch and appreciate her first movie she would have made it to the next stage?
Why am I even bothering to reply you, it is ThanksGiving Day.....have a nice life!
Whatever. It's amazing how you got all that from simply asking you what you do. Call me whatever names you wish, the point still remains you have no right to demand of someone something you are not doing or willing to do.
Charitable giving or community service is a noble thing that should be encouraged no doubt but the fact is not too many Nigerians do either.

By the way while enjoying your Thanksgiving day you might want to watch CNN and see how people like you and I are making a difference and not demanding that someone else does.
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
Umm please no one made Genevieve who she is, she delivered in her movies and got what she deserved, if she was a horrible actress no one would have paid any mind to her. She is a success because of her talent.
you think?
How many other actresses are there in Nollywood who act as good as Genevieve or even better who do not have the same fan following? Are you kidding me?
I have read on sites where she has been criticized as acting stiff sometimes and/or having almost same expressions in most of her movies.

The major truth is that God blesses people first of all. And how the person uses their talents would help them go further. genny has acting skills sure, but she UTILIZED the internet to get higher than her colleagues! And the statistics of Internet users following her mostly are Nigerians/

I am not a fanatic of Nollywood, but I have read where Chukwuka (I forget her first name) has been praised as been a very good actress, even better than genevieve!
I have watched a couple of Stella Damasus's movies and she is more believable than Genevieve! Even Omotola is equally good! Please let's call a spade a spade. Genny is good alright, but have fan base advantage! And I admire her for using the Internet to market herself Internationally! And this is where this argument is getting crazy....NOW she is on CNN and been shown on Oprah, we pray she gets more exposure, and YES, she should brush up better for International audience. This is not NTA or Silverbird television.

I still stand on, her body language was not good. By International standard! (avoiding the Interviewer's eyes and looking down most of the time is a no no! there were so many camera's in that room, she could have simply picked on one and looked straight into it! Which makes me wonder how many times Nollywood movies shoot scenes before they edit and feed the public, because now it is LIVE camera, Genny dear is fumbling!
And her dressing was not bam! We all wanted to wait ti see the clip, now we have, notice how she blended into the background? But imagine if she has one of her St Genevieve's colorful piece or even Deola Sagoe's masterpieces....she would have stood out and made a lasting impression! Say the truth AS IS and shame the devil. No body is hating Genny here, and no one is saying she is ugly or bad, some of us are just saying things that would make her better IF she plans to step into our world - International scene.

I guess this is where we have to applaud the likes of RMD, Kate henshaw, Joke Jacobs etc who do stage performance, as it is LIVE! You cant afford to mess up and no one is gonna shout 'CUT', take 2!

And you can't say Nigerians didnt make her! Initially when Nollywood started, the faces sold the movies! Genny was liked and people bought more of movies with her face in it, so, the marketers at Onitsha and lagos used her more! And that was what raised her fees/value!

This is what pisses me off naija people. You follow follow someone so bad you would refuse to be realistic and tell them some truths when due for them to be better!


i really hope dt ssergit's posts are sarcasm cos s/he cant be serious.
And no, I am not. I am serious! it is called TOUGH Love! I love Genny, but I sure wouldnt want to see her stuttering and stammering on International TV next time she is asked about what she is giving back to her community! It is a MUST in the western world! She shoudl shed that naija mentality of me myself and I.
When Bill Gates donates billions to Africa, you think he doesn't know what else he could be doing with that money? Huh?
When Angelina Jolie puts on her UN cap to visit earth quake ravaged zones, you think she could not be making more money on a movie set or by making appearances elsewhere?

All these selfish way of living is sick!
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
By the way while enjoying your Thanksgiving day you might want to watch CNN and see how people like you and I are making a difference and not demanding that someone else does.
speak for yourself please. IF you are doing NOTHING, don't assume others are not.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and while you are watching others, think of what you can do in 2011.
Shalom.
 

nike007

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Your essays are way too long to read, I still stand by my statement. Genevieve did not pay anyone to like her, her fan base was created because people either like her, hate her, are fascinated by her. Either way the constant thing here is Genevieve. SHe has a fanbase because of her and not because of people. I am not going to get into the who is a better actress. If Genevieve utilized the internet and got fame, then too bad for those who didn't. Are her fans a variable in her sucess? Yes, but they did not make her who she is. SHE SHOWED Me and so many others her talent and we bought it! I'm sure there are actresses better than her, but what they lack is what she has and that's why she is successful.
 

Angela81

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ou people STOP! disparaging other actresses because of genny. genny was NOT disvovered by Oprah or CNN. Bella and Bola Aduwo did that work respectively. She was MADE by her fans, both the lovers and the haters! enough of Genny on CNN already!! she is not the only Nigerian or African to have been there. Akosua Busia will be doing a color purple re-union on Oprah, she has also starred in MAJOR international movies.

a TV station spotlighting someone is NOT an achievement. with all the fame comes more pressure. Yes, Miss Genny needs to relax and get more believable in her roles so that people like Bola and Bellas hard work in getting her international exposure can one day become an international movie deal.

allow others to express themselves where Genny is concerned. all this monopolizing is too much!!
 

Angela81

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Well, first of all... The Bible says that if you give to charity, you should do it in secret and not try to get kudos for it. Personally, I am very skeptical of these Hollywood philanthropists who feel the need to broadcast all the good work they do so we can all praise them for being wonderful people.

Secondly, can I say I have always HATED when interviewers pose that "how are you giving back" question to celebrities as if it's some sort of obligation? If someone has worked hard to achieve something, it's their own accomplishment and not something that everybody has to share in.

It reminds me of when I go home and all kinds of distant relatives I don't even know and random people come looking for a handout, demanding in so many words that I "give back" to the community because I've supposedly done so well in obodo onyibo. But I can't "give BACK" to someone who didn't give me anything in the first place! What did these people give me? If anything, a lot of these folks were the ones who tried to discourage me when I had certain ambitions, so I don't think I owe them jack. The people I *might* owe are my parents, maybe one of my uncles and two or three of my teachers... Anybody else, if I feel like giving them something, I will. But it's not mandatory.

It would be admirable if Genevieve decided to use all her fame and money to build orphanages and tar the roads of her hometown, but she doesn't HAVE to. The only thing she OWES her fans is

a) to continue to make entertaining movies that will be worth their money
b) to be courteous and respectful of them

Anything else is extra.

All that said, I don't think the interview was that great. As already mentioned, she came off a bit nervous and uncomfortable, and she didn't say too much that was particularly enlightening. But the fact that she was called to do the interview at all remains an achievement in itself.
REALLY? actors should not give back? wow. thats a new one. I guess when Ed Zwick got accused for making blood diamond and not giving back to the armless people he used and to the community he capitalized on to make millions was no big deal then.

you know on the SAG actors contract, there is a part where it asks how much the production should give to charity from his fee?

are you saying people who watch genny on your screen ald LOVE her and worship her even here on NR should not hope she would at least be an advocate for them?

have you ever been stopped by the police at home with a movie star in your car? they let you pass.

you are in the public eye for so many reasons. That is why the UN uses celebrities for their campaigns. people listen to them. they are advocates.

and if a celebrity is doing a charity, we need to know because 1. it makes you comfortable to also give knowing it is not a a scam. 2. it gingers you to also give.

God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others!

this is where SDA and Omotola shine. I guess Omotola should have been the one on CNN.
 

Mkgirl

Active Member
Errrmmmmm....I dare to agree with you on the charity thing here!

WHAT HAS GENEVIEVE NNAJI DONE FOR THE POOR AND HELPLESS IN NIGERIA?

The gal seems NOT to have any heart for the less privileged! She is all about succeeding and self.

She has money and fame and yet, she is NOT using it for others? hasn't she heard that God blesses people to be a blessing to others?

It is a DAMN FREAKIMNG SHAME that she could NOT list one charity she works with or even one single foundation she is sponsoring!

She lost me there!! And she mentions Angelina Jolie!! Are you kidding me??? What aspect of Angie Jolie as a PHILANTHROPIST does she NOT see? Or that Angie adopts kids and takes care of them?! Julie Roberts? Seriously?

Genny Nnaji, you TOTALLY effed up on CNN by showing you do no charity! I am truly disappointed! Selfishness is not a good thing!
You claimed once to be "close" or to know Gene very well and even to be a member of her website..I wonder then how comes that you have never heard about any charity work or the orphanage that she is endorsing.

You might not be who you claim to be afterall no ? *rhetoric question*
 

takestyle

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REALLY? actors should not give back? wow. thats a new one. I guess when Ed Zwick got accused for making blood diamond and not giving back to the armless people he used and to the community he capitalized on to make millions was no big deal then.
I did not say actors should not "give back" (as I said, I dislike that term... let's say "give" rather than "give back"); I said that it if they want to give, that's awesome. But it is not MANDATORY.

The example of Ed Zwick is a completely different matter: that's a privileged filmmaker coming from a rich country to a poor country struggling with a particular social problem, making an entertainment movie about that social problem and taking it back to his rich country for the amusement of his similarly-privileged audience. That very reasonably COULD be construed as exploitation; getting rich off of other people's problems.

Angela81 said:
you know on the SAG actors contract, there is a part where it asks how much the production should give to charity from his fee?
Right... It's an OPTION. But it's not compulsory. If the actor chooses, they may opt to say "NONE," and they will not be penalized or judged for that. And let's be real: the option of giving to charity is about the attractive tax benefits that accrue to the giver as much as anything.

I'd daresay that a lot of the American celebrities who give to charity do so because they can deduct it from their income tax as much as because of the positive PR it generates for them. You're hip to the game, Ange... Don't act naive about this.

Angela81 said:
are you saying people who watch genny on your screen ald LOVE her and worship her even here on NR should not hope she would at least be an advocate for them?
They can HOPE for it... But they shouldn't EXPECT it.

Angela81 said:
and if a celebrity is doing a charity, we need to know because 1. it makes you comfortable to also give knowing it is not a a scam. 2. it gingers you to also give.
That's not exactly true. If you look at a lot of these celebrity charities, you can find a lot of irregularities. Have you not heard anything about Wyclef Jean being under fire for the dubious management behind his Yele Haiti charity, including paying himself and his cronies huge salaries and fees? Jennifer Lopez has also received HUGE perks doing "charity" gigs. In recent months, Bono's ONE Foundation has been criticized for giving less than 1% of the monies donated to the needy. (Granted, ONE describes itself more as an "advocacy group," but it's still a shocking figure.) George Clooney has also been scrutinized for questionable "charity" practices. (By O'Reilly, yeah, I know... but it still shows that there are questions.)

As for Nigeria... Don't get me started. They don't even hide it. It's pretty much an open secret that charities (or "NGOs," as we call them) are a form of business. During the actors ban a few years ago, a lot of the blacklisted actors started up NGOs and people in the industry spoke pretty openly about how they were starting these NGOs because they get to pay themselves handsome salaries out of the charity money to make up for their lost acting income while ducking out of taxation.

I'm not saying that none of these people have sincere compassion in their hearts, but let's be real about this... It's about business, too.
 
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