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Stephanie Okereke’s Brother Allegedly Raped UNILAG Student, Nollywood Actress Reacts

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Stephanie Okereke’s Brother Allegedly Raped UNILAG Student, Nollywood Actress Reacts

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Nov 24, 2014 – Stephanie Okereke’s Elder Brother Allegedly Raped UNILAG Student Arinola, Nigerian Actress Reacts

Last week, Nigerian actress Stephanie Okereke’s older brother was arrested for his alleged involvement in a rape case involving a University of Lagos undergraduate, Arinola.

Daniel Okereke was alleged to have drugged Arinola and had intimacy with her while 4 men tied her up.

His case is now being investigated.

Stephanie few hours ago released a press statement to distance herself from her brother.

The Nollywood diva asked the media to avoid attaching her name to the damaging story.

In her own words:

I am distraught and devastated to hear of the recent allegation of rape brought against a relative of mine, Daniel Okereke (my brother).

While it is a very difficult time for me, and my family; I feel the need to make clear my position, lest there be any doubt. Rape is rape, regardless of who the face of the accused is.

Indeed, the irony is not lost on me. I have spent my lifelong career advocating and living my conviction that women around the world should be able to live free of violence, sexual harassment or any form of abuse against their persons. This conviction led me to be involved in numerous initiatives combating violence against women in several countries including the U.S, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The conviction also led me to place much of my energy on my work with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), a passion that dates back to my time at the University of Calabar.

As a student, I heard a story about young girls who had been forced into early marriage and were suffering the negative and embarrassing effects of VVF. The story stayed in my consciousness and drove me, for years, to seek ways to raise awareness on the condition; leading to my work with a team of dedicated doctors to carry out repair surgeries for VVF victims across the country; and my self-produced, soon to be released movie, ‘DRY.’

So, again, it is indeed heart breaking for me to receive and deal with news alleging a family member of mine is an alleged perpetrator of sexual violence against a woman. I am devastated.

This case is now in Nigeria’s criminal justice system as the accused awaits arraignment. I have also encouraged and assured the alleged victim of my stance against rape and applaud her for her bravery to upset the culture of silence, in Nigeria; even as I accord deference and patiently wait for the criminal justice system to determine the guilt or innocence of my brother.

For Nigerian press and blogs; I call on you to please report this case in an ethical manner. I am a married woman living my life. The alleged transgression of my relative does not make it mine. The focus should be the impact of rape on the alleged victim, and resources for other alleged victims, not me.

Some members of the press and blogs have turned me into the accuser; using my name for sensational headlines and putting my images, exclusively, in their stories. This is a form of victimization of me as a woman, its unethical and extremely hurtful. I am not the alleged accused.

I therefore please ask all bloggers and the media who have placed my pictures and name to this story to refrain from further using me to sensationalise this story.

I thank my fans, and all well-wishers for your continued support and ask for your continued prayers.

God bless.



  1. Uzoma

    November 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Straight talk, Stephanie. You are 100% correct. You should not be linked to the alleged actions of your brother.

  2. bezo

    November 24, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    He is your brother your name has to be included for proper identification

    • Davinci

      November 25, 2014 at 6:26 AM

      bezo,u no go kill us here wit ur queer but amusing comments. I dey laugh ooooo.

  3. teddy

    November 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    @beso or Bezo or Benzino I don’t know what you call yo self but you need to sit yo a** down and shut the hell up! If yo punka** ain’t got nothing to say about this ish… she do am? no be her broda how e take concern steph?

  4. bezo

    November 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    The results is nothing but death penalty, when is the time for his persecution…….no two ways about it or else our government is useless, pls this are the people that really hv to be executed

  5. nnamani thessy

    November 24, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Bezo u are a big fool

    • louis

      November 24, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      @Bezo,you are speaking like a baby,

  6. Bench

    November 24, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Some pipul are say I no be knows how to be spoke english. And they are come also to be say I am no be wise. But I wise pass Bezo.

  7. boldgold

    November 24, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Steph has got no choice here bt 2 b included in diz mess…..babe, ur brother is d perpetrator here nt an outsider, its an easy way 2 make d story more interesting by d media!!!

  8. Walsmorgan

    November 24, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    *Next plsssss

  9. Larry

    November 25, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    I’v tired of naija media alot of altrocity had bn comited by dey dts y they alwys do thin 4dir personr intrest in such a way that wil make dem acquire money wit out evn bothr to tanish som ones image, if d suspect didnt relate wt d woman wud ppl nt read their stories.

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