Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke is her birth name but widely known as Stephanie Okereke Linus. She is a Nigerian actress, film director and model.
She was born October 2, 1982 in Ngor Okpala, Imo State. She is the sixth child of Mr. Chima and Mary Okereke’s eight children.
Stephanie had her primary & secondary education in Delta State. She later obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English and Literary Studies at the University of Calabar, in Cross River State.
Her Acting Career
Stephanie joined Nollywood in 1997 as a teenager and starred in her first two Nollywood movies ‘Compromise’ and ‘Waterloo’. Since then, she has been sailing in the world of entertainment winning several awards and nominations.
During the 2002 Most beautiful girl in Nigeria beauty pageant, Okereke emerged winner in the first runner up hosted by Silver Bird Television.
A year later in 2003, Okereke won two awards, out of the eight nominations she received, 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 movie received nomination for Best Screenplay at the Africa Movie Academy Award in 2009.
In 2014, she released another movie, ‘Dry and Again’ in which she served as a director, scriptwriter, producer, and actress. The movie also won many awards including 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards and 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best movie overall movie with the prize of a brand new car.
Okereke has since joining Nollywood starred in over 100 movies, some of which include:
• Blind justice
• Emotional Crack
• Genesis of Love
• Private Sin
• Beautiful Faces
• Deep Loss
• Magic Moment
• Dream Lover
• Official Romance among others.
In April 2005, Okereke on her way to the African Movie Academy Awards held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, was involved in a serious car accident that left her with burns all over and a broken leg.
Her Personal life
In April 2012, Okereke got married to Linus Idahosa in Paris, France, at a private wedding ceremony that was attended by members of her family and scores of Nollywood celebrities. Their first son Maxwell Enosata Linus was born in October 2015.
Her Net Worth
Stephanie Okereke is one of the pioneers and strong pillar of Nollywood, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $1 million dollars.