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Stephanie Okereke

Stephanie Okereke Nigerian actor and film director

Nigerian actor and film director
Stephanie Okereke
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Nigerian actor and film director
Is Actor Film director Model Screenwriter
From Nigeria
Type Fashion Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 2 October 1982, Imo State, Nigeria
Age: 37 years
Star sign LibraLibra
New York Film Academy
University of Calabar
The details


Stephanie Linus (born Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke; 2 October 1982) 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).

Early life

Stephanie Okereke was born 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.


While she was still a teenager in the year 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 released another movie, Dry and again served as a director, scriptwriter, producer, and actress which won many awards including 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards and 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards best movie overall movie with the prize of a brand new car. Okereke has starred in over 90 movies.

Personal life

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.

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

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2002 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Herself Runner-up
2003: What a Year Awards Best Actress Herself Won
2003 Reel Awards Best Actress - English Herself Won
Best Actress of the year Herself Won
2004: Afro-Dublin Awards Outstanding Actress Herself Won
2004 Film Makers of Nigeria Award For Excellence herself Won
2005: 1st Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actress in a Leading Role Herself Nominated
2006 Afro Hollywood Award Best Actress herself Won
2009 5th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Reloaded Nominated
Best Screenplay Through the Glass Nominated
2010 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nnenda Nominated
2013 Montage Africa Women of Exllence Awards Achievement in drama and entertainment Herself Won
2015 2015 Best of Nollywood Awards Movie With the Best Social Media Dry Won
Best Actress Leading Role Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Movie of the Year Nominated
Bentonville Film Festival Best Protagonist Won
ZAFAA Global Awards Best Actress Won
Best Film Won
Best Producer Won
Best Director Won
2016 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Nigerian Film Won
Best Film Nominated
Best Director Nominated
2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Overall Movie (Africa) Won
Best Director Nominated
Best Movie West Africa Nominated
Pan African Film Festival Programmers'Award Narrative Feature Won
Nafca Best Actress In Leading Role Won
Best Overall Movie Won
Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Drama Film Nominated
DALA awards Face of Nollywood (Female) Herself Won
2017 Truth Awards Best Supporting Actress Boonville Redemption Won
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