Genoveva Umeh Biography
Genoveva Umeh Kenechukwu is a Nigerian actress, lawyer and entertainer who has featured in Nollywood movies such as Love Is War (2019), One Lagos Night (2021) and the acclaimed Netflix series; Blood Sisters (2022)
|Date of Birth||mid-late 90s|
|Age||between ages (25-30)|
|Character in Blood Sisters||Timiyen|
|State of Origin||Anambra state|
|GENOVEVA UMEH (@gen0vevaumeh)|
Genoveva Umeh Background
Genoveva Umeh was born in Nigeria in the mid-late 90s. She is from Anambra state. Her father is a Computer Engineer and her mother is a registered nurse. Her family migrated to the United Kingdom in 2006 when she was still quite young.
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Genoveva Umeh Education
Genoveva Umeh Education – Genoveva Umeh studied Law in a reputable university in the UK. She graduated as a lawyer in 2018 from the university. She often shuttled between her studies as a law student and her acting career. In an interview with ThisdayLive she said,
“I was studying Law in 2014 and I became interested in Nollywood, because I started watching films shot by Nigerians in Nigeria. I had worked closely with the UK media consultant, DJ Abass as an usher for Nollywood London premieres. During Q/A sessions, I’d ask the filmmakers about working in Nigeria. I had connected with a few filmmakers who then gave me background acting opportunities”
“Drama was my favourite class in high school. At 17, I wanted to get more training and fortunately, I was accepted into Identity School of Acting, in the UK. I trained there for a term and was able to pay for my upkeep, as a retailer at Primark. My parents are first generation immigrants, which means, formal education is a must, so I was skeptical about studying Drama as an undergrad. Although I loved acting, I thought of it as a hobby, and studied Law instead. I performed on stage in a lot of theatre plays, watched a lot of films and read articles on filmmaking”
Genoveva Umeh Career
Genoveva Umeh has been acting for some time now and has been focused in building her career in the Nollywood Movie Industry. According to her, her career began after she sent audition tapes for casting calls to Nigerian producers. Actually, she was even invited to an audition for Ebonylife’s ‘On The Real’.
Genoveva Umeh played the role of Timiyen Ademola in Netflix series Blood Sisters. Timiyen was the drug-addict of the Ademola family who also wanted to be the head of the family’s pharmaceutical company.
She said travelling to Nigeria for an audition in the middle of her studies wasn’t an option for her at the time. However, she got her first lead role in a series shot in Enugu. She returned to Lagos, to pursue her acting career.
She said in an interview,
“I enrolled into Ebonylife Creative Academy for some acting training in early 2021 as part of their first intake. Honestly, I’d lost a lot of confidence in myself and the 2020 pandemic meant I hadn’t worked for months. I’d also lost a big acting opportunity in the same year too so I was looking for a safe space to reinvent myself & how I approach my career moving forward. In the three month course, our Head of Acting, Drikus Volschenk, made sure that we knew to bet on ourselves”
Timiyen Role in Blood Sisters By Netflix
Genoveva Umeh played the role of Timiyen in the Netflix series Blood Sisters. She told the story of how she auditioned for the series and how she was finally chosen.
Kenneth Gyang, HOD of the Directing faculty at the time, noticed my work and recommended me to the CEO of EbonyLife Media, Mo Abudu. I had to audition for the character ‘Timeyin’ in two days. After my audition, I received the offer letter for the character of Timeyin. It was dream come true because I grew up watching Nollywood films in my house in Enugu State, and as a young adult in university I started actively working to be a part of telling authentic African stories.