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Stephanie Okereke Linus
Stephanie Okereke at the Thisday Awards in Lagos Nigeria, February 2008
Born Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke
(1982-10-02) October 2, 1982 (age 32)
Imo State, Nigeria
Occupation Actress, Director, Model

Stephanie Linus (born Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke;1 2 October 1982)23 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 2010.4567 She was also the runner up for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty pageant of 2002.8 In 2011, she was honoured by the Nigerian government with a National honour (Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR).9

Early life

Stephanie Okereke was born in Imo State, Nigeria. She is the sixth child of eight children. She completed her primary & secondary education in Delta State.She studied at the University of Calabar, where she graduated with a degree in English and Literary Studies.10


Already during her teenage years in 1997 she starred in two Nollywood movies, Compromise 2 and Waterloo.11 During the 2002 Most beautiful girl in Nigeria beauty pageant Okereke reached 2nd place.8 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 Glass1213 in which she served as director, scriptwriter, producer and actress.814 The film received an Africa Movie Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay in 2009.7 Okereke has starred in over 90 movies.15

Personal life

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.16

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.17 She recovered speedily from the accident and went back to acting.818

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.192021

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 - nomination678
  • 2010: Africa Movie Academy Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role - nomination45


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 Nnaji, Richard 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 Nnaji, Richard 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.22
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 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 Africa23
Reloaded Weyinmi with Ramsey Nouah, Desmond Elliot, Rita Dominic & Nse Ikpe Etim
2014 Dry Dr Zara with Liz Benson


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  2. ^ Onikoyi, Ayo (2 October 2012). "Stephanie Okereke clocks 30 and it’s going to be…". Vanguard (Lagos, Nigeria). Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "My Wedding Plans In Top Gear, Says Stephanie Okereke". P.M. News (Lagos, Nigeria). 1 February 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "And the 2010 AMAA nominees are". Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2010 Nominations". Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Stephanie Okereke: Awards & Nominations". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  7. ^ a b c "AMAA 2009: List of Nominees and Winners". Africa Movie Academy Awards. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Official bio". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  9. ^ "BN Bytes: Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke, Amaka Igwe, Aliko Dangote & Jim Ovia receive National Honours – Photos from the Ceremony". Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Okereke at". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  11. ^ "Stephanie Okereke: Nigerian screen queen". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  12. ^ "Through the Glass: Review". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  13. ^ "Through the Glass: Official Site". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  14. ^ "New York Film Academy Film School: Film School Student Stephanie Okereke in The News". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  15. ^ "Filmography". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  16. ^ "Stephanie Okereke Marries Again in France". Thisday (Lagos, Nigeria). 22 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Interview with Stephanie Okereke". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  18. ^ "Stephanie Okereke: My Close Shave With Death". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  19. ^ "Stephanie Okereke And Linus Idahosa Wed In Paris". Leadership (Abuja, Nigeria: Leadership Newspaper Group). 21 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  20. ^ Njoku, Ben (21 April 2012). "Genevieve, RMD, Others Storm Paris for Steph Okereke's Wedding Today". Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  21. ^ " Why Stephanie Okereke ended her marriage". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  22. ^ "AMAA 2007: List of Nominees and Winners". African Movie Academy Awards. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  23. ^ "The 2010 African Movie Academy Awards: Winners, Re-Cap, Dresses". New York, NY, USA: MTV Networks a division of Viacom International Inc. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 

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