Category : Nollywood News
Popular Nollywood actress Stephanie Okereke has come out to condemn her brother’s act of rape, in a statement titled “Rape is rape, no matter who the face of the accused is“. Remember we reported few days ago how Prince Daniel Okereke, a former banker and now a musician, allegedly raped a 300 level female UNILAG Student, at his house.
Read Stephanie Okereke’s statement and reaction to her brother’s shameful act of rape. She is definitely not covering up for him, rather suggesting the accused be justified according to law – while also using the opportunity to bring awareness to projects she’s working on. Her statement below:
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 sensationalize this story.
I thank my fans, and all well-wishers for your continued support and ask for your continued prayers.
The NollywoodSocial.Net editors would like to briefly address Stephanie Okereke’s comment when she said “Some members of the press and blogs have turned me into the accuser”, and her other comment that “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”
In our news report titled “Stephanie Okereke’s brother accused of Raping UNILAG Student“, we definitely did not insinuate in any manner that Stephanie Okereke is the accuser, but we rather made it clear – that the victim or the accuser – is a 300 level UNILAG student.
Before reporting the ordeal, we also did our research to confirm if Prince Daniel Okereke was truly Stephanie’s brother. This is because other Nigerian press and blogs were wrongly classifying or identifying Prince Daniel as Stephanie’s nephew, cousin, etc.
Lastly, we want to address Stephanie Okereke’s comment when she suggests that her brother’s atrocities are not hers, and her name shouldn’t be mentioned in such reports. Well, no one is saying her brother’s transgression is hers; but she should expect her name to be mentioned when any of her relatives is in the news for something, whether for good or for bad.
For instance, when her same brother was in the news late last year when he dropped a single titled “Seek Ye First“; he was referenced in Nigerian press and blogs as “Stephanie Okereke’s brother” – nobody heard any complaints from Aunt Steph. But now that her brother is in the news for something bad, she is complaining to Nigerian Press and Blogs the alleged rapist shouldn’t be referred as her brother.
- Is Stephanie Okereke publicly denouncing her own brother?