Top nollywood star actress Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke Linus clocks 30 today. She was born on October 2, 1982.
The popular actress, film director, model 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 African 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.
She was born in Imo State, Nigeria. She is the sixth child of eight children. She completed her primary & secondary school in Delta State before heading to the University of Calabar, 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 received two awards 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 African Movie Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay in 2009. Okereke has starred in over 90 movies.
Okereke was married to a former Super Eagles football player, Chikelue IIoenuosi, a marriage which a high court in Lagos 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 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.
Visit her blog: stephaniedaily.com
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: African Movie Academy Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role – nomination
2006: Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress
2009: African Movie Academy Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role – nomination
2010: African Movie Academy Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role – nomination
Genesis of Love
The Cross of Love
2004 Beautiful Faces
Diamond Lady: The Business Woman
Eye of the Gods
In the Name of Love
Last Girl Standing
Mama-G in America
More Than a Woman
My Mother My Marriage
Promise & Fail
Promise Me Forever
Right Man for Me
Strength of a Woman
To Love Again
Virgins Night Out
Working Class Lady
2005 A Time to Die
Days of Bondage
Guys on the Line
Ola… the Morning Sun
Price of Ignorance
Princess of Wealth
Woman on Top
2006 Behind the Plot
The Law Students
2007 A Time to Love Hope
2008 Mission to Nowhere
Through the Glass