Okawa Shaznay is a popular Cameroonian Nollywood actress, the first from her country to successfully break into Nollywood and former Miss Cameroon based in the USA.
She was born on May 5th, 1986 in Bamenda, North Western Cameroon.
Okawa had her primary and secondary education in Cameroon and Presbyterian secondary school, Mankon, Bamenda, Cameroon respectively.
She moved into the United States of America with her family in 2005 and thereafter had a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in Texas Southern University in Houston, USA.
Her Acting Career
Okawa began her career in acting dated back to her days in the school in Cameroon when she used to perform stage plays and drama. While in USA, she joined the All African Theatre Group and played the role of Ezinne in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.
Okawa came to Nigeria and joined Nollywood where she acted her first movie, “Master DJ”, which was shot in Cameroon.
She was however brought to limelight after starring in a hit movie, ‘Iyore’ alongside top Nollywood stars like Joseph Benjamin and Rita Dominic.
Okawa also appeared in a TV series “Delilah: The Mysterious Case of Delilah Ambrose”, a movie that shot her to global fame and recognition and won her an award for Best TV Actress of the year at the Exquisite Lady of the year Awards.
Okawa Shaznay has so far starred in several Nollywood movies, some of which include:
• Sisters At War
• Behind the Face
• 8th Commandant
• Governor’s Gift
• Blind Pursuit
• The Prince of Barmah
• Perfect Strangers
• The Side of Love among others.
Okawa is an epitome of beauty, creative and exceptionally talented Nollywood superstar known for good interpretation of roles in movies. She can fit into any character assigned her and her style of acting is loved and cherished by her numerous fans both in Nigeria and Cameroon.
Awards and Nominations
Okawa Shaznay has so far in Nollywood earned a number of awards and nominations notably as:
• 2016 Best TV Actress of the year at the Exquisite Lady of the year Awards for her role in Delilah.
• Got nominated for Most Promising Actress at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards for her role in a movie, “Cheaters”.
• 2015 nominated for Best Actress of the year in Africa at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for her role in a movie, ‘Iyore’.
Her Net Worth
Okawa Shaznay has since taken Nigeria as her second home and remained prominent in the entertainment industry, rated one of the richest and most influential in Nollywood and Cameroon with a net worth of about $750,000 dollars.