Stephanie Linus makes history as first black recipient of Lennox K Black Prize For Excellence In Medicine

Stephanie Linus makes history as first black recipient of Lennox K Black Prize For Excellence In Medicine

Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Stephanie Linus has made history as the first black recipient of the Lennox K. Black Prize For Excellence in Medicine

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Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Stephanie Linus has made history as the first black recipient of the Lennox K. Black Prize For Excellence in Medicine.

The actress was honoured with the Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine by Thomas Jefferson University in America in recognition of her outstanding contributions to social activism and impact through her work.

This remarkable achievement, they said, highlights her dedication to societal well-being and marks her as the first Black recipient of this distinguished award.

The Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine is a prestigious accolade awarded by Thomas Jefferson University, recognising individuals who have made significant contributions to the medical field, promoting scientific discovery and advancements.

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

The actress is renowned for her activism and impactful work in areas concerning women’s health and rights, including her efforts to combat issues like fistula and gender-based violence.

The award organisers say she has been instrumental in bringing about social change through her films and campaigns. They added that her work extends beyond borders, affecting lives and policies internationally, embodying the spirit of the Lennox K. Black International Prize.

On receiving the award, Stephanie expressed her gratitude and reaffirmed her commitment to using her platform for social good.

She said: “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.’’

Stephanie, who was named Chairperson of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee, NOSC for the Best International Feature Film, IFF category of the Oscars in August 2023, is best known for her 2015 advocacy movie Dry, which tells the story of a 13-year-old girl whose parents marry her off to a 60-year-old man, with devastating consequences.