Stella Damasus: Nigeria’s Screen Diva

Stella Damasus

Stella Dam­as­us has graced the screens of many African liv­ing room TV’s.  Her movies are watched through­out the cor­ners of the African con­ti­nent. She has carved for her­self a diva image by tak­ing her act­ing seri­ously and always becom­ing a part of the story she plays by bring­ing pas­sion to the screen that is rem­i­nis­cent only of Hol­ly­wood movie stars. Stella is an indi­gene of Asaba, Delta State, but she grew up in Benin City where she com­pleted most of her pri­mary edu­ca­tion. She started her Uni­ver­sity edu­ca­tion with a stint in The­atre Arts at the Uni­ver­sity of Benin. She later moved on to the Uni­ver­sity of Lagos where she obtained a HND in Busi­ness & Indus­trial Law. In Ghana she stud­ied lan­guages for a year, before return­ing to Nige­ria where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in the­atre Arts with hon­ours from the Uni­ver­sity of Lagos.

Stella is an actress, dancer, singer, busi­ness woman and a Chris­t­ian. Her involve­ment in the movie indus­try is almost a decade and a half, hav­ing starred in quite a few movies includ­ing: Real love, Mar­ket Sell­ers, Never Say Good­bye, Sub­mis­sion, Fugi­tive, Face of a liar, Queen of the rain For­est, Roman­tic Attrac­tion, Engage­ment Night, Intruder, Break­ing Point, To live Again, Games Women Play, More than Sis­ters, Four Sis­ters, Hal­i­mat (her first attempt in Yoruba film), Widow (her most con­tro­ver­sial film) and oth­ers.

She has also been involved in sev­eral stage plays some of which include; Obaseki, Asagidi, Oliver Twist, Oba Oron­ran­mu­won, What the stew­ard saw, ‘Pri­vate Lies’ and “Anatomy of a Woman” by Wole Ogun­tokun.

She recently[when?] set up her pro­duc­tion com­pany SDA Pro­duc­tions Ltd – a com­pany set up to pro­duce con­tent for tele­vi­sion and the big screen. The com­pany is cur­rently devel­op­ing its first set of Tele­vi­sion Pro­grams, movies and music con­tent for Niger­ian and inter­na­tional audi­ences.

Some of Stella’s cred­its include: — Best Actress – Real Awards, 2000 — Recog­ni­tion Award for Out­stand­ing per­for­mance & Con­tri­bu­tion to the Niger­ian Film Indus­try – FAN, Wash­ing­ton DC, 2004 — Life Recog­ni­tion Award – DAMA, 2003 — Igbo Women’s leadershipAwards,2006 — Delta State Awards for dis­tin­guished actress, 2006. — Top 40 female pro­fes­sion­als under 40 – NIPRO, 2008

In 2005 the Actors’ Guild of Nige­ria placed Damasus-Aboderin and sev­eral other actors, includ­ing Genevieve Nnaji, Omo­tola Jalade Ekeinde, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Chris Mag­aji, and Richard Mofe Damijo on a one year ban from film­ing after they were said to have been col­lect­ing huge fees from pro­duc­ers due to their A-list celebrity sta­tus. Although Aboderin denied the alle­ga­tions, the ban fell on them all. The ban placed on these actors was seen as doom in the Niger­ian film busi­ness, but the actors are cur­rently back film­ing.

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