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KOKOnista Of The Day: Stella Damasus Is Nigeria’s Movie Heartthrob With An Alluring Smile

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Stella Damasus is a Nigerian actress and singer with an ever-present captivating smile.


Stella Damasus was born in Benin City, Edo State. She has four sisters and grew up in Benin City where she completed most of her primary education. At the age of 13, Stella moved to Asaba in Delta State with her family where she finished her secondary school education.
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Damasus is a Theatre arts graduate of the University of Lagos. She first appeared in the Nigerian film Abused in 1992. Damasus started her career as a singer in Lagos where she used to work as a studio session singer at the famous Klink Studios owned by filmmaker Kingsley Ogoro. There she honed her skills as singer and went on to do vocals for the top jingles on radio and TV in Nigeria at that time.

Stella Damasus
Her claim to fame, however, was her second movie Breaking Point produced by Emem Isong and directed by Francis Agu where she shot into superstardom across Nigeria. She was nominated for the African Movie Academy Award in 2006 for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” for her performance in the movie “Behind closed doors”. Stella Damasus
She was also nominated, in 2008, for the African Movie Academy Award for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” in the movie “Widow” and in 2009 in the movie “State of the Heart”. She has gone on to star in over 70 movies.

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Damasus married her first husband, Jaiye Aboderin, at 21 in 1999. The couple had two daughters before Jaiye died suddenly in 2004. Damasus remarried in 2007, this time to Emeka Nzeribe. The marriage lasted for seven months before a mutual agreement to divorce. In 2011, she became associated with multiple award-winning Nollywood producer & director Daniel Ademinokan; the couple have been together ever since.
Their relationship sparked a lot of controversy all over Nigeria and Africa because both parties never publicly admitted to be dating, engaged or even married until 2014 due to the fact that Daniel Ademinokan was married to another actor, Doris Simeon at the time. She was seen as a home wrecker and was relocated abroad with Daniel and her two daughters to basically escaped the controversy and stigma.
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