Stephanie Okereke

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Stephanie Linus is a Nigerian actress, film director and model. She has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress, including the 2003 Reel Award for Best Actress, the 2006 Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress, and three nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010. She was also the runner up for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty pageant of 2002. In 2011, she was honoured by the Nigerian government with a National honour (Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR).

Stephanie Okereke was born on 2 October 1982 in Ngor Okpala, Imo State. She is the sixth child of Mary and Chima Okereke's eight children. She completed her primary & secondary education in Delta State.She studied at the University of Calabar, in Cross River State, where she graduated with a degree in English and Literary Studies.

Already during her teenage years in 1997 she starred in two Nollywood movies, Compromise 2 and Waterloo. During the 2002 Most beautiful girl in Nigeria beauty pageant Okereke reached 2nd place. A year later in 2003, Okereke won two awards, out of the eight nominations she received, at the 2003 Reel Awards for 'Best Actress - English' and 'Best Actress of the year 2003'. After graduating from the New York Film Academy in 2007, Okereke released the movie Through the Glass in which she served as director, scriptwriter, producer and actress. The film received an Africa Movie Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay in 2009. In 2014, she release another movie, Dry and again served as a director, scriptwriter, producer, and actress. Okereke has starred in over 90 movies.

Okereke was married (2004-2007) to a former Super Eagles football player Chikelue Iloenyosi, a marriage which a high court in Lagos in 2012 has declared null and void, because at the time they got married, Chikelue was already legally married to another woman in the US.

In April 2005, on her way to the African Movie Academy Awards held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, Okereke was involved in a serious car accident that left her with burns all over and a broken leg. She recovered speedily from the accident and went back to acting.

In April 2012 Okereke married Linus Idahosa in Paris, France, at a private wedding ceremony that was attended by members of her family and scores of Nollywood actresses and actors.Their first son Maxwell Enosata Linus was born in October 2015.

Awards and nominations
2002: Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Runner up (2nd place)
2003: What a Year Award for Best Actress
2003: Reel Award for Best Actress - English & Best Actress of the year
2004: Afro-Dublin Award, for Outstanding Actress
2004: Film Makers of Nigeria, Award For Excellence
2005: Africa Movie Academy Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role - nomination
2006: Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress
2009: Africa Movie Academy Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role - nomination
2010: Africa Movie Academy Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role - nomination



Year Film Role Notes
1997 Compromise 2    
2002 Pretender   with Patience Ozokwor and Tony Umez
Blind Justice   with Tony Umez
2003 Aristos    
Emotional Crack   with Ramsey Nouah, Dakore Egbuson and Patience Ozokwor
Genesis of Love    
Private Sin   with Genevieve NnajiRichard Mofe-Damijo and Patience Ozokwor
Queen Sheba    
The Cross of Love   with Patience Ozokwor
Together as One    
2004 Beautiful Faces   with Ini Edo
Critical Decision   with Genevieve NnajiRichard Mofe-Damijo & Mike Ezuruonye
Deep Loss   with Desmond Elliot
Diamond Lady: The Business Woman    
Dream Lover Benita  
Eye of the Gods   with Ini Edo
In the Name of Love   with Desmond Elliot
Last Girl Standing    
Magic Moment Stephine Okereke with Desmond Elliot
Mama-G in America   with Patience Ozokwor
Miss Nigeria    
More Than a Woman    
My Mother My Marriage    
Official Romance   with Zack Orji
Promise & Fail   with Desmond Elliot
Promise Me Forever   with Genevieve Nnaji
Right Man for Me   with Tony Umez
Sensational Spy    
Strength of a Woman    
To Love Again    
Virgins Night Out    
Working Class Lady   with Rita Dominic
2005 A Time to Die    
Days of Bondage Lucia  
Guys on the Line   with Rita Dominic
Lonely Hearts   with Ini Edo
Ola... the Morning Sun   with Pete Edochie
Omalinze Adaugo with Onyeka Onwenu
Price of Ignorance   with Pete Edochie
Princess of Wealth    
Royal Battle    
Street Fame    
Woman on Top    
2006 Behind the Plot   with Desmond Elliot
Daytime Lovers Binta with Tony Umez
Efficacy   with Desmond Elliot
Shut In    
Sitanda   directed by Izu Ojukwu, this film received 9 nominations and won 5 awards at the
3rd African Movie Academy Awards in 2007, including Best Picture & Best Nigerian Film.
The Law Students    
The Preacher    
Upside Down   with Patience Ozokwor and Tony Umez
2007 A Time to Love Hope with Desmond Elliot
Governor's Wife   with Ramsey Nouah
2008 Mission to Nowhere    
Hidden Treasure Nadine with Ramsey NouahNadia Buari & Olu Jacobs
Through the Glass Ada with Garrett McKechnie, Christy Williams, Pascal Atuma
2009 Nnenda   this film, directed Izu Ojukwu, received 3 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2010, including the nomination for Heart of Africa
Reloaded Weyinmi with Ramsey NouahDesmond ElliotRita Dominic & Nse Ikpe Etim
2014 Dry Dr Zara with Liz Benson
2015 Make Me Fabulous


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