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26th March 2011, 03:49 PM
African Voices meets Nigerian movie star Genevieve Nnaji, one of Africaís most successful actresses.

Dressed in a Jewel by Lisa piece, Genevieve was interviewed by CNNís 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 Ė Watch the show at the following times on CNN International:

ēSaturdays: 0830, 1430
ēSundays: 0800, 2100
ēMondays: 1030, 1730
(all times GMT)

CLIP: Genevieve Nnaji chats with Pedro Pinto about Nigeria on CNN Internationalís African Voices

Transcript Ė Excerpt

Nigeria is just like any other place

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

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

GN Ė I like that as Nigerians as we are, we have some sort of neighbourly love that we donít 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. Itís like you have a moral duty to your society, to yourself, to your family so itís like everybodyís business is everybodyís business. Itís a bad thing sometimes, but it does have its good sides. You know, so that is something that we are. We probably donít know as a people and if we donít know we should know it now, itís a good thing. What I donít like about NigeriaÖman, I never diss my own country, man! You know, what ever negativity is in a country is in every other country; itís in every other part of the world. So, the thing is everyone needs to be treated as individuals and not a collective nation. You donít 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 Ė Really?

GN Ė No, I grew up in Lagos, I was born, bred there. I donít see myself leaving that town anytime soon. I can work anywhere else, but in terms of living, Iím used to Lagos, Iím sorry!

Source: Nigeriafilms.com