LEAD ACTRESSA-List Nollywood actress Stephanie Linus's tenacity, wit, intelligence, grace and natural acting abilities has earned her a reputation as Africa's foremost actress, especially in Nollywood, now reputed as being the second largest film industry in the world. The sixth child of eight children, Stephanie was born in 1980 in Benin City. She started her acting career while a student studying English and Literacy Studies at the University of Calabar (UNICAL), acting in two Nollywood films Compromise 2 and Waterloo, followed by her role in director Teco Benson's blockbuster film Terror. In 2002, she became a household name in Nigeria for her sterling performance in the movie Emotional Crack, which earned eight awards and was screened in 2004 at the African Film Festival in New York. Linus went on to win the 2003 Reel Awards for Best Actress English and the Best Actress of the Year. Since Emotional Crack, Stephanie has never looked back, starring in over 100 films. In 2006, she won the Afro-Hollywood Award, and the Film Makers USA Award For Excellence, followed by the Miriam Makeba Award for Excellence in 2007, and the Beyond The Tears Humanitarian Award 2008 for her work against rape and vesico vaginal fistula (VVF).
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