Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke Linus popularly known as Stephanie Okereke is a famous Nollywood actress, model, film director, producer and a philanthropist. She was born on 2nd October 1982 in Ngor Okpala, Imo State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. She is currently 34 years old. She is the sixth child in a family of eight children. Her father’s name is Chima Okereke while her mother’s name is Mary Okereke.
She completed her primary and secondary school education in Delta State, Nigeria. After obtaining her West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE), Stephanie Okereke proceeded to University of Calabar in Cross River State, Nigeria and graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in English and Literary Studies.
In 1997, Stephanie Okereke joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) and starred in her first movies “Compromise” and “Waterloo”.
In 2002 she won the first runner up at the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty pageant hosted by Silver Bird Television.
In 2003, she received two nominations and won the “Best Actress in English” and “Best Actress of the year” at Reel Awards.
In 2006 she won the award for Best Actress in Nigeria at the Afro Hollywood Awards. In 2007 Stephanie Okereke graduated from New York Film Academy in the United States of America.
In 2005, 2009 and 2010 Stephanie Okereke receive three nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie academy Awards.
In April 2005, on her way to the African Movie Academy Awards held in Yenegoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, Stephanie Okereke was involved in a serious car accident.
In 2011, Stephanie Okereke was honored by the Nigerian government with a National honor of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, which happens to be the highest award received by a celebrity in Nigeria.
In 2007, Stephanie Okereke released her first movie “Through the Glass” in which she served as director, scriptwriter, producer and actress.
The film “Through the Glass” received an African Movie Academy Awards nomination for Best Screenplay in 2009.
Stephanie Okereke has acted in over 150 Nollywood movies and has won several movie awards in Nigeria. Some of the awards she has won are best movie actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Stephanie Okereke has also won the overall Best Movie with the prize of a brand new car. In April 2012 she got married Linus Idahosa in Paris, France and the couples are blessed with beautiful kids.
In 2014, Stephanie Okereke release her second movie “Dry” and again served as a director, scriptwriter, producer, and actress in the movie. The movie “Dry” was an international movie that featured Hollywood stars. The movie received public recognition and awards both locally and internationally.
Stephanie Okereke is currently one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $3.2 million.