Renowned Nollywood actress and activist Stephanie Linus has been awarded the prestigious Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine by Thomas Jefferson University. This esteemed recognition underscores her remarkable dedication to social activism and impact, marking her as the first Black recipient of this distinguished award.

While accepting the prestigious award, Stephanie Linus said;

“This honour is not only a recognition of my journey but a celebration of our collective efforts in activism and making a tangible social impact. It’s a reminder that together, we can confront challenges, spark significant changes, and heal communities. This award belongs to each of you who has supported, believed, and walked this path with me. Let’s continue to use our voices and actions to improve society.”

Stephanie Linus

The Nollywood filmmaker Stephanie Linus is a prominent figure in the fight against child marriage and a staunch advocate for women’s rights and health. Through her film “Dry,” inspired by a true story, she brings attention to Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF), a childbirth injury devastating girls and women in Nigeria’s northern regions.

Stephanie’s foundation, Extended Hands, provides medical care to VVF sufferers and campaigns for change. Her commitment has earned her prestigious awards like the Miriam Makeba Award for Excellence and the Beyond the Tears Humanitarian Award. From 2017 to 2020, she served as the regional ambassador for maternal and reproductive health at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), championing maternal health, reproductive rights, and youth empowerment.

Stephanie Linus
Stephanie Linus and her husband, Linus Idahosa
About the Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine

The Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine is a highly esteemed accolade. Thomas Jefferson University presents the prize to individuals who have made significant contributions to the medical field, advancing scientific discovery and innovation.

Stephanie Linus

Named after Lennox K. Black, a Canadian manufacturing executive recognized for his philanthropic endeavours and service on various boards, including Thomas Jefferson University, the prize honours excellence in medical innovation and contributions to global health and medicine.

Susan C. Aldunge, the interim president of Thomas Jefferson University, voiced her admiration, stating, “It was our honour to recognise the remarkable contributions you’ve made as an advocate for gender equality and social justice. Your ability to educate while humbly addressing the cultural obstacles impeding progress for young women is commendable. Your intelligent, personal take on the necessary changes in human rights has made a deep impact on all of us lucky enough to encounter you. Congratulations once more on this well-deserved award and the acknowledgement of your efforts.”

Stephanie Linus

Stephanie Linus’ receipt of this prestigious award highlights her unwavering commitment to societal well-being and her significant impact on communities worldwide. Through her work, she has exemplified a dedication to addressing pressing social issues and promoting positive change, particularly in healthcare and medicine.

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