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Nigerian Celebrities Biography: Stephanie Okereke Linus

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Stephanie Okereke Linus’ Biography



Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke, born on 2nd of October, 1982 is a leading actress, director and model. Stephanie Okereke was born in Ngor Okpala, Imo State. She is the sixth child of Mary and Chima Okereke’s eight children.

Stephanie Okereke started her acting career in 1997 as a teenager, when she featured in two Nollywood movies, Compromise and Waterloo. These two shot her into stardom as she got many acting contracts afterwards. Till date, she has featured in over 90 Nollywood movies. In order to improve on her skills, she enrolled at the New York Film Academy, from where she graduated in 2007. During the 2002 edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty pageant, Stephanie Okereke emerged as the first runner-up. Stephanie got married to a Super Eagle player Chikelue Iloenyosi, in 2004. The marriage later ended in divorce when she discovered that her husband had earlier married another woman in the U.S. Stephanie Okereke’s present husband is Linus Idahosa. The couple got married in April 2012 in Paris, France.


Stephanie had her primary and secondary education in Delta State before heading to the University of Calabar, Cross River State for her tertiary education. From the institution, she bagged a degree in English and Literary Studies.

Popular roles: Stephenie’s major role in movies mostly deals with love and heartbreak.

Breakout movies:

  • Compromise (1997)
  • Waterloo (1997)
  • Blind Justice (2002)
  • Genesis of Love (2003)

Popular movies:

  • Days of Bondage (2005)
  • Hidden Treasure (2008)
  • A time to Love (2007)

Recent movies:

  • Governor’s Wife 1 and 2 (2015)
  • Innocent and Poor (2014)
  • Lonely Heart (2014)


  • Beyond the Tears Humanitarian Award, 2008
  • (Award for Excellence) 2007 Miriam Makeba Awards
  • (Best Actress) 2006 Afro Hollywood Awards
  • (Outstanding Actress) 2004 Afro-Dublin
  • Film Makers of Nigeria Award For Excellence, 2004
  • (Best Actress of the Year) 2003 English and Reel Awards
  • Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, 2nd Runner up, 2002


A big controversy for Stephanie was that of her divorce in her first marriage. Her fans were shocked at the revelation. Concerned comments flooded the social media from different angles. She soon got over it after the official announcement of the divorce.

Social profiles:

Stephanie Okereke’s Facebook : Stephanie Okereke

Stephanie Okereke’s Twitter: @StephanieLinus

Stephanie Okereke’s Instagram: @stephanielinus

Stephanie Okereke’s Youtube:

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