Stephanie Linus becomes the first black recipient of the Lennox K. Black prize

Stephanie Linus, a prominent figure in Nollywood, has etched her name in history. She has become the first black recipient of the esteemed Lennox K. Black Prize for Excellence in Medicine, awarded by Thomas Jefferson University in America. This recognition is a testament to her remarkable journey, marked by her contributions to social activism and impactful work.

The Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine, a prestigious award by Thomas Jefferson University, is a beacon of recognition for individuals who have made significant contributions to the medical field. Named after Lennox K. Black, a philanthropic Canadian manufacturing executive, the prize celebrates excellence in medical innovation and worldwide contributions to health and medicine.

Stephanie Linus, a women’s health and rights champion, has been recognised for her instrumental role in driving social change through her films and campaigns. Her work, which spans across borders, has influenced lives and policies on a global scale. This international impact is a testament to the significance of the Lennox K. Black International Prize.

Expressing her gratitude upon receiving the award, Stephanie emphasised the collective effort behind the recognition, stating,

“This recognition goes beyond me; it is for all the women and girls fighting for a healthier, safer world. It amplifies our message and our work. It strengthens my resolve to continue advocating for gender equality, social justice, and improved maternal and reproductive health in Africa.”

Susan Aldunge, Interim President of Thomas Jefferson University, commended Stephanie for her impactful approach to addressing cultural obstacles hindering progress for young women. Aldunge praised Stephanie’s ability to educate while advocating for necessary human rights changes, noting the profound impact of her efforts on those fortunate to encounter her.

Acknowledging Stephanie’s alignment with Jefferson’s values of creativity, collaboration, and compassion in pursuing excellence in medicine and beyond, Aldunge said,

“The university is proud to honour Stephanie Linus, whose work aligns with Jefferson’s values of creativity, collaboration, and compassion in pursuing excellence in medicine and beyond.”

Stephanie Linus, who also serves as the Chairperson of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Best International Feature Film (IFF) category of the Oscars, gained prominence in 2015 for her advocacy movie ‘Dry. ‘ The film tells the poignant story of a 13-year-old girl forced into marriage with devastating consequences, highlighting critical issues affecting women and girls globally.


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