UNFPA Ambassador
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Stephanie Okereke Linus, a famous Nigerian Nollywood actress, has been appointed the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Ambassador for West Africa and Central Africa. Born in 1980 in Benin City, Nigeria, Linus grew up in the Delta State. She began her acting career in 1997, when she appeared in two Nollywood films, before continuing her studies in English and literature at the University of Calabar. She came in second in the most beautiful woman in Nigeria contest in 2002 and became known to the general public by playing in the popular film Emotional Crack, released on Nigerian screens in 2003, which won awards in several international film festivals. She has received several awards for acting, but she went to the United States in 2007 to study film at the New York Film Academy. The following year, she produced and directed her first film, Through the Glass. In 2014, she presented a second film, Dry, which features a young teenage girl who has been sexually abused and suffers from vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) following childbirth. The choice of this topic reflects Linus’ longstanding commitment to fighting for women victims of violence (FVV) and against rape, which earned her Nigeria’s Beyond the Tears Humanitarian Award in 2008. It was in the context of her fight for women’s dignity that she expressed a desire to join UNFPA. As an ambassador for West and Central Africa, she hopes to use her reputation and her network to raise awareness about women’s issues in the region.


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