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Stephanie Okereke to act alongside Oscar winner Meryl Streep at “Women in the World: Stories and Solutions” event in New York

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Stephanie Okereke NewStephanie Okereke will feature in the March 12th opening night play of Seven in New York. The three-day summit titled Women in the World: Stories and Solutions, co-hosted by The Daily Beast, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Diane von Furstenberg, and the UN Foundation will be attended by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among others. Stephanie is one of the seven acclaimed actors that will dramatize the issues highlighted in the play: Meryl Streep heads the line-up, which includes Marcia Gay Harden, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Archie Panjabi, Julyana Soelistyo and Lauren Vélez. The reading is directed by celebrated Broadway director Julie Taymor in an evening made possible by HP.

Secretary Clinton will introduce an exclusive one-night reading at the Hudson Theatre of SEVEN, the documentary play created for Vital Voices Global Partnership to honor the courage of brave female activists from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Guatemala, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, and Russia. SEVEN is a collaboration by playwrights Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz.

“The play powerfully portrays the transformative way that seven courageous women have changed their societies for the better – from peace-building, to fighting corruption to combating violence against women.”- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

“The most powerful thing about SEVEN is that it gets to the heart of some of the most critical issues facing our world today. It reminds us of the power of the human spirit to rise up when faced with adversity and as we rise…it reminds us that we have a responsibility to bring others along with us.”- Alyse Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership

The three-day Women in the World summit will bring together an extraordinary group of 300 global leaders from government, media, social activism, business, and the arts. Topics will include human trafficking and modern slavery, the rise of rape as a tool of war, the ways new technologies can help empower women financially, and how traditions can be toppled in cultures that devalue women.

Summit participants include Valerie Jarrett, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Fatima Bhutto, Cherie Blair, Luis CdeBaca, Thomas L. Friedman, Edna Adan Ismail, Christine Lagarde, Molly Melching, Somaly Mam, Frances Townsend, and Zainab Salbi. Moderators include Christiane Amanpour, Mika Brzezinski, Katie Couric and Barbara Walters.

In addition to Technology Innovation Partner HP, Women in the World: Stories & Solutions is supported by ExxonMobil, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women

Stephanie’s participation is this event is a true representation of her passion for philanthropic works and her country. For more information on Stephanie Okereke please visit www.stephanieokereke.net

14 Comments

  1. LULU

    March 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    WOW!! AWESOME! GOOD LOOK FOR NAIJA.

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  2. blessing

    March 6, 2010 at 1:23 am

    omg stephenie okereke you go on girl i am definitely digging your style wow what an inspiration it will be for other actros to step up there game .now am waiting to here about the deal gene got with warner bros company then i know that nigerians and nollywood have landed. i am so happy and stoked congrats girl for representing.

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  3. THE AMAKA

    March 6, 2010 at 1:52 am

    OMG!!!!!!! THIS IS MAJOR!!!!
    “Through the Glass” has really been a breakthrough for Stephanie. i guess she finally got recognized by hollywood. this is great!
    maybe with “Ije” rolling around, Nollywood can movie to higher levels.
    im so proud of my girl Steph, kudos!!

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  4. MelonX

    March 6, 2010 at 2:21 am

    You can’t get any closer to an icon than Meryl and Stephanie keeps setting herself apart from the rest, she is focused. Bella isn’t it remarkable, the past four weeks has seen Sade top the charts, you -our darling Bella(Uche) appear on Oprah, now Stephanie is rubbing shoulders with some of the most powerful and significant women in the world. Nigerian women Rock!!! Now, what do we do with our spoilers…you know the greedy and depraved women in Abuja 🙁 Can’t wait for Gen X and Y to take over…for real, we can rule the World. MelonX.

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  5. Lamide

    March 6, 2010 at 11:31 am

    This is really great! I hope some of our other stars can step up like this soon as well :o). We need to show the world there’s more to us than half-dead presidents and corruption :o\

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  6. Ada Owerri

    March 7, 2010 at 5:44 am

    This should not be funny but lol.

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  7. gingergingerakaswaggaswagga

    March 8, 2010 at 1:03 am

    good for her, i hope she drops her phony accent in this one

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  8. THE AMAKA

    March 8, 2010 at 2:15 am

    yeah i agree, that would be totally embarrassing.

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  9. Jessi

    March 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

    My goodness, Stephanie pls respect yourself and speak the english you know.

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  10. allen

    March 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    truly happy for her

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  11. clementine

    March 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Go Girl.There is no stopping u now.That accident for claim beta things from Naija.It is time for you to shine jo. Naija is the in thing. I think women and the youth have always being responsible for Naija uplift.As for the men, their half dead brother and corruption God dey.

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  12. sparkle

    March 8, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Impressive . Wishing all the best!!!

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  13. ragga

    March 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Stephanie,

    Please if you are reading this, i actually thing you are a good actress you would be better if you lose that fake, ignorant sounding American accent.

    Thank you
    From a

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  14. mimi

    April 29, 2010 at 12:03 am

    that accent is so wrong, but she deserves the recognition though…gd for her

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