Queens of Nollywood: Stephanie Okereke Linus

January 31, 2020

When it comes to old Nollywood realness, we all know that the women were the ones who came on the scene and served hard. We’ve decided to honour legendary actresses who still impact the movie industry decades after their debut.

Today, we honour the elegant Stephanie Okereke Linus.

Nollywood actress Stephanie Okereke Linus in yellow fashion jacket

Stephanie Okereke Linus has been in the movie industry for over two decades. She was a teenager when she appeared in two Nollywood movies, Compromise 2 and Waterloo in 1997.

Born on the 2nd of October 1982 in Ngor Okpala, Imo state, Stephanie’s dream was to become an actress. While she was still in secondary school, was actively involved in the drama community and after graduating, she went on to study English and Literary Studies in the University of Calabar. It was in the university that she began to attend auditions and eventually snagged her roles in Compromise 2 and Waterloo which earned her an award for Most Promising Actress in Nigeria and another for the Best New Actress to Watch Out For at the African Movie Academy Awards and the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

Stephanie Okereke Linus as brand ambassador

Stephanie also has repute as a model. In 2002, she emerged second place in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty pageant.

Stephanie okereke model photos

In 2007, Stephanie released her first movie Through the Looking Glass in which she worked as director, scriptwriter, producer, and actress. The movie was nominated for Best Screenplay in the African Academy Awards in 2009.

In 2011, Stephanie was honoured by the Nigerian government with a National Honour (Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR) which is an award given to a celebrity in Nigeria who has contributed immensely to the economic growth of the country through entertainment.

Nollywood actress Stephanie Linus Okereke

In 2014, Stephanie released another movie, Dry, which she wrote, directed, produced and acted in. The movie won many awards including the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards and 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards’ best movie overall movie with the prize of a brand new car. 

Nollywood actress Stephanie Okereke and husband Linus Idahosa

In April 2012 Stephanie got married to Linus Idahosa in Paris, France, at a private wedding ceremony. The couple have a son, Maxwell Enosata Linus, born in 2015.

Nollywood actress Stephanie Linus Okereke

Stephanie is our Woman Crush Forever!

Want more posts about legendary Queens Of Nollywood? Then you should check out our Queens Of Nollywood archive.

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