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Friday, 20 November 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Road To Yesterday Is An Introduction Of Who I Am – Genevieve

Oris Erhuero and Genevieve Nnaji, co-lead actors in the movie Road To Yesterday.

Road To Yesterday is actress Genevieve Nnaji’s first self-produced movie and the buzz it has garnered of late has been great. Naij.com met up with the screen star for an exclusive chat and she described the production experience as challenging.

Oris Erhuero and Genevieve Nnaji, co-lead actors in the movie Road To Yesterday.
It is a few hours to the screening of Genevieve Nnaji’s movie, Road to Yesterday, at the Genesis Deluxe Cinema on Friday, November 13 when Naij.com met the award-winning actress for an exclusive chat on the movie.

Genevieve Nnaji, lead actor/ producer of the movie Road To Yesterday.

We wondered why despite being in Nollywood for over 15 years and unlike her other colleagues – Rita Dominic, Iyabo Ojo, Funke Akindele etc. – it has only taken just now for the award-winning actress who hails from Imo state to produce her own movie.

“It took this long because I didn’t come here to make movies of my own; I came here to act,” she explained. “I want to be an actor, that’s what it is. It took a while to realize that I needed to show people where I’m at, the growth that I have had to pass through over the years. I needed to show them. So this is an introduction of who I am as an artiste, my creative prowess.”

She described her first role as a producer as “challenging.”

“I was wearing too many hats and I had to be strong all the way,” she said.

Genevieve Nnaji, lead actor/ producer of the movie Road To Yesterday.
It’s an amazing one from the star actress who even prior to her production debut was simmering towards legendary status as far as African movies were concerned. Her grip firmly placed on the pulse of things has earned her multiple awards as well as several comparisons to Hollywood star Julia Roberts.

However, for her co-star Oris Erhuero, who played Izu, Genevieve’s husband in Road to Yesterday, the comparison to the American actress is not necessary.  To him, Genevieve is beyond all comparisons.

He described the Nollywood diva as “one of the world’s finest movie stars”.

Road To Yesterday has been promoted as a romantic thriller laced with beautiful nuances and the various shades of pain, sadness and how to deal with denial.

On what fans should expect from it, Genevieve said: “I think they should look out for the story. I think they should look out for performance. And I really think that they should look out for a project that is predominantly Nigerian, made by Nigerians and proudly Nollywood.”

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