Full Name: Stephanie Okereke – Idahosa
Stage Name: Stephanie Okereke
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Marriage status: Married to Linus Idahosa
Education: She completed a program in English & Literary studies at the University of Calabar
Occupation: Actress, Producer, Singer & model
Awards: Best Actress- English and Reel Awards Best Actress of the Year 2003
Stephanie Okereke is a Nigerian born superstar with an infectious personality. As the sixth child in a family of eight , Stephanie has been entertaining her family from birth. Now she is entertaining the world. Stephanie sprung onto the Nollywood scene in 1997 with “Compromise II” and then featured in “Waterloo”. A year later she was accepted into the English and Literary studies Program at the University of calabar. She decided to pursue school while she put acting on hold. A year later Nollywood came calling again and Stephanie could not resist, she fed her desire to act with Teco Benson’s “Terror”.
Steph has big dreams and she left the world in on her modelling talent with her second place finish in the 2002 “The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria” beauty Pageant. Despite her hectic schedule, Stephanie graduated with her degree from Calabar and and earned two awards. (Best Actress- English and Reel Awards Best Actress of the Year 2003). Stephanie has also stated in quite a few films including Private Sin, Final Solution, Pretender and Adora ( which was shot in South Africa).
In April of 2004, Emotional Crack was premiered at the African Film Festival held in the United States. Stephanie also joined her Nollywood colleagues to speak out in a collective voice to help stop the piracy of Nigerian movies. Next, Stephanie made her first foray into Hollywood by auditioning for a role in the Good Shepard. In the meantime Stephanie got a role on Mnet’s soap Snitch.
A-List Nollywood Actress Stephanie Okereke’s tenacity, wit, intelligence, grace and natural acting abilities has earned her a reputation as one of the best actresses on the African continent and in Nollywood, the third largest film industry in the world. A graduate of English and Literal studies, Okereke made her first venture into film in 1997. By 2003, she won the Reel Awards “Best Actress” award for her role in the movie “Emotional Crack.” In 2005, she was a nominee for the Africa Movie Academy Awards [AMAA]. On her way to AMAA, however, tragedy struck when she was involved in a terrible car accident that left her with a broken leg and burns on her face and hands. Okereke, with a fighting and determined spirit, bounced back and by 2006, she won the Afro-Hollywood Awards, Film Makers USA Award for Excellence with subsequent awards in 2007 for the Miriam Makeba Award for Excellence and 2008 Beyond the Tears Humanitarian Awards for her work against rape and vesico vaginal fistula and HIV/AIDS.
Not satisfied with being just an actress and wanting to create a voice and other roles for African women in Africa’s film industry, Okereke came to the United States to study film at the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios, Los Angeles. Armed with her knowledge, intelligence, determination and creativity, Okereke established her Production company “Next Page Productions” and has recently expanded her portfolio to include the titles of director, writer and producer in her first feature Hollywood-Nollywood film hybrid, “Through the Glass,” creating what she hopes is a preview of the direction and roles African women will embrace in the film industry.