I Just Love Chilling And Having Fun---Stephanie Okereke

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Last Updated: Saturday, May 16, 2009

When she busted into limelight with a challenging role in a movie entitled Emotional Crack in 2003, she became an instant success, gaining recognition as one of the emerging queens of Nollywood.

Ever since, Stephanie Okereke has been able to combine beauty with talent, to make a name for herself in the make believe world. And, over the years, she has turned out to become an icon, indeed, a reference point in the movie industry.

At a point in her life, a terrible auto accident left her at the mercy of doctors with many fearing for her life and career, but she came out strong after the freak incident.

She may have survived the accident with limbs intact, but the memory still lingers.

"The accident remains part of my story as a personality. Who knows, I may make a flick out of it one of these days. But really, I can only thank God that I came out very strong, having had to use crutches for several months," she said.

Stephanie was one of the star actresses to watch out for at the last African Movies Awards Academy (AMAA). She had been nominated for the best actress plaque alongside Stella Damasus and others but the prize eventually went to Jenifa star, Funke Akindele.

However, having consigned the sad development of separation from her former husband to her past, the lady, feels contended to have completed her first production, and the completion of a film directing, producing and writing course at a film school in Los Angeles, United States of America.

"I studied English Language at the University of Calabar (UNICAL), and travelled to hone my skills by enrolling for a course at New York Film Academy, where I studied directing, acting and writing courses. I'm hoping to do my postgraduate very soon. I don't know where I would want to take that, but that would depend on how I feel. I started out as an actress in the movie industry. The whole essence of doing my movie is to improve Nollywood and not to abandon it. It is for us to improve, and for any other person to look at my work and do better. I also want to avoid mediocrity, which has been holding us back. Basically, to make us all think out of the box.

"I directed the movie with assistance from Erin Connan and Serah Onyeachor. It is such a fantastic flick that would lay examples when it finally debuts. And because I wanted to make a statement with it, I employed the services of a Hollywood act, Garret Mc Kechnie. Beside the fact that I could pay his bill, he was enthusiastic about the script when he read it. The production was in Los Angeles and it was a success, despite being my first film," Stephanie declared excitedly.

Stephanie, without doubts exudes such radiance and poise that makes her struts leave a lasting impression on many who comes across her.

Is the alluring lady planning to dump acting for film production because of the success of her debut effort, after the completion of her degree course at film school?

"I might have written, produced and directed Through the Glass, but acting has always been my first love and I doubt if I will ever leave it for anything. If I have time to combine all I have to do, why not? But if not, fine. The bottom line remains, I can't leave acting.

"It is actually scary for me coming into movie production. Not that I'm trying to be jack of all trades, but what gave me further confidence is that I don't venture into things that I know I can't come out with 80 per cent success. So, I am always factual with the truth. What I can't do right, I don't try and what I can, I do it with all my being," Stephanie said about her decision to write, direct and produce her own flick.

According to the screen goddess, despite the glamour of Nollywood, and her success as a star, she is still the girl next-door.

"I am the girl next door. I just love chilling and having fun. I'm down to earth, easy-going; try to make people happy, and try to be the best that I can be.

"For me, love is love; love is selfless, total commitment. Love is seeing people for who they are, and trying to see if you can make their lives better, but if you can't, fine. Love is a selfless gesture. No matter how people try to twist it, love is love."

For the Imo State born Stephanie, being blunt is so cool and this makes her free.

"I love being blunt, it's so cool when you are blunt. And when you just say it, people are shocked to hear you. It's so cool, it makes you free to be blunt and I'm very diplomatic."

Stephanie gives reasons for her new vocation of directing and producing a new flick: "The world is now a global village. We need to know that the world is now a global village.

"We need to sell our culture overseas; we already know our culture, that's no problem. But the little we do, we must make sure it projects us in good light to the rest of the world. We need to understand that it is not about us anymore but about other people; telling them who we really are."

Many shouldn't be too surprised if Stephanie starts competing with top Nigerian fashionistas, as the leggy beauty has already made inroad into the fashion world with the establishment of S.O. Collections.

Stephanie might finally be ready to fly out of the box and get herself involved in more Hollywood productions.

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Oh God
5/16/2009 11:58:07 AM
ohh my God she is Hot
she is pertty
5/18/2009 1:45:29 PM
blessed be my eye this day for i have
seen the goddess of the sea.
she is so beautiful i wch i knw her
more better.
5/18/2009 4:54:33 PM
5/18/2009 4:58:05 PM
Tone Down your accent ASAP
5/19/2009 12:48:57 PM
she's ok but she needs to tone down her accent like ASAP, i think she's a bit over the top on that, be real, be yourself speak as clearly as you can and don't overdo it
i think these nollywood actors/actresses need to take diction lessons so they are taught how to speak correctly and pronounce words well and not some phonetics they try to mimik. it irritates atimes
joe 4lvu
5/21/2009 6:52:00 PM
i am c***y abouy u,i which i can b wit rit nw.l love u but i am 2 young 4u jonathan otutu 4rm Spain A Nigerian jus 25 yur
just that name...BEAUTIFUL.
Kingsley white Erhariefe
5/23/2009 12:38:35 AM
hey baby girl make u just dey carry dey go we dey for ur back kampe and 4 you GRAOMO abi how u cal yourself make u learn how to talk bcos steph is real when speaking maybe u need an ear bud to clean some trash off ur ear drum. God bless u steph pikin.
I have always admired her
5/24/2009 7:39:08 AM
You are so cute......I am always tripn and will always do....Please take good care of yourself.....lets keep adoring you.
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ronnie lati
5/25/2009 1:13:42 PM
stephie u are so cute baby girl,i wish to meet u one day,you have a special place in my heart.you are doing a fine job my angel.keep it up,luv u somuch.
stephanie okereke
Ronnie Lati
5/25/2009 2:18:41 PM
stephano u are one of my best ladies.
Stephanie Okereke
Hassan m
6/11/2009 3:49:41 PM
Pls i saw ur interview with dirlytrust or leadership,U said ur are undergoing some project on VVF in the north part of the country and i am interested in it pls. my Email address is [email protected]

Pls reply.
9/9/2009 7:34:59 PM
Well dont mind anyone. anytime u come to ghana, do try and contact me through the address [email protected] But do not offer urself too much to be fondled all in the name of making the movie real, it irritates me and take care. u are a queen. never give up and carry on with ur good works.
9/9/2009 7:35:27 PM
Well dont mind anyone. anytime u come to ghana, do try and contact me through the address [email protected] But do not offer urself too much to be fondled all in the name of making the movie real, it irritates me and take care. u are a queen. never give up and carry on with ur good works.
i love u
8/5/2010 6:48:14 PM
i love girl just go on. u are indeed an icon to be with.

am happy u final find love at last

you are highy bless and favour these are the kind of strong babes we want in nolly
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