Stephanie Okereke Linus
Stephanie Okereke Linus
Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke
2 October 1982
|Alma mater||University of Calabar, New York Film Academy|
|Occupation||Actress, Director, Model|
|Spouse(s)||Linus Idahosa (m. 2012)|
|Children||Maxwell Enosata Linus (b. 2015)|
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).
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.
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 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.
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
|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|
|Movie Of The Year||Nominated|
|Bentonville Film Festival||Best Protagonist||Won|
|ZAFAA Global Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2016||12th Africa Movie Academy Awards||Best Nigerian Film||Won|
|2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Overall Movie (Africa)||Won|
|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 Drama Film||Nominated|
|DALA awards||Face of Nollywood (Female)||Herself||Won|
|2017||Truth Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Boonville Redemption||Won|
|2002||Pretender||with Patience Ozokwor and Tony Umez|
|Blind Justice||with Tony Umez|
|Emotional Crack||with Ramsey Nouah, Dakore Egbuson and Patience Ozokwor|
|Genesis of Love|
|Private Sin||with Genevieve Nnaji, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Patience Ozokwor|
|The Cross of Love||with Patience Ozokwor|
|Together as One|
|2004||Beautiful Faces||with Ini Edo|
|Critical Decision||with Genevieve Nnaji, Richard Mofe-Damijo & Mike Ezuruonye|
|Deep Loss||with Desmond Elliot|
|Diamond Lady: The Business Woman|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Woman on Top|
|2006||Behind the Plot||with Desmond Elliot|
|Daytime Lovers||Binta||with Tony Umez|
|Efficacy||with Desmond Elliot|
|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|
|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 Nouah, Nadia 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 Nouah, Desmond Elliot, Rita Dominic & Nse Ikpe Etim|
|2014||Dry||Dr Zara||with Liz Benson|
|2015||Make Me Fabulous|
|2016||Boonville Redemption||Doris||with Pat Boone, Ed Asner, Diane Ladd and Richard Tyson|
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