Daniella Okeke (born on 26th March 1987; Age: 36 years old) is a Nigerian actress who became famous with her role as Joke in the movie Lagos Cougars.
Daniella’s acting career took off in 2006. She however became a household name after she featured in the 2013 high-rated film Lagos Cougars. The curvaceous actress has since then featured in a lot of successful Nollywood movies. Besides acting, she is a serial entrepreneur, model, and passionate philanthropist. In this article, we unraveled everything there is to know about Daniella, starting from her early life, career journey, love and relationship life, etc.
Daniella Okeke is From Imo State
Daniella Okeke is of Igbo descent and hails from a town in Imo State, the eastern part of Nigeria. She was born into a middle-class family in her hometown in Imo State on the 26th day of March, 1987. She is presently 36 years old. However, the actress was raised by her parents in the southern part of Nigeria, Delta State, alongside her siblings.
Daniella has not shared any personal information about her parents and siblings regarding what they do for a living or their whereabouts. But, she has on several occasions shared photos of herself with her mother who she seems to be very close. In a bid to celebrate her mother’s birthday in 2017, actress Danielle captioned her beautiful photo: “Happy Birthday to my love, ..my everything, You are the reason I’ve been keeping on”
Meanwhile, speaking about her childhood days, Daniella let out the kind of family she was born into. According to the actress, her parents were strict disciplinarians and never allowed them to do anything else besides study their books. This, she said later, helped her in life even though it wasn’t pleasant for her back then.
On her education, Ms. Okeke grew up in Delta State and received both her primary and secondary education there, though the details of the schools she attended are not disclosed. After obtaining her Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), she enrolled at Delta State University (DELSU) and after four years, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine and Applied Arts.
Daniella Okeke Ventured into Acting in 2006
Daniella joined the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood in 2006. She said that she has had an interest in acting since her childhood days. But, she never had the opportunity to join the industry until she graduated from the university. She started by attending several movie auditions and eventually began to get minor roles.
A year later, in 2007, she landed her first role in the movie, Sleek Ladies. Daniella’s appearance in the movie introduced her for the first time to public recognition and further earned her the platform to get bigger roles. Thanks to her great and creative acting skills, she fits into any character given to her in movies. She masters and delivers her role perfectly and that earned her the admiration of her fans.
Even though Sleek Ladies introduced her to the limelight, Daniella did not get the desired fame she wanted until 2013 when she landed a lead role in the highly acclaimed movie, Lagos Cougars. In the movie, she played the character of Joke and was one of the main reasons the film sold so well given the expertise with which she interpreted her role.
Her role in Lagos Cougars earned her nominations for the Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and also a nomination at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. To say the least, Lagos Cougars was the movie that established Danielle Okeke as an actress and gave her the fame she enjoys today. Since then, she has only been moving up the ladder in her acting career.
Over her 17 years of being active in the film industry, Danielle Okeke has acted in over 100 Nollywood movies and shared stages with top Nollywood actors and actresses like Ramsey Nouah, Monalisa Chinda, Mercy Johnson, Junior Pope Odonwdo, Ken Erics, John Dumelo, Tonto Dikeh, Emma Ehummadu, and a host of others.
Daniella Okeke’s Awards and Nominations
Daniella Okeke has made a lot of significant efforts and contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian film industry and so has over time been recognized with different awards and nominations. Below is a list of them.
- 2014- Best Actress in a Leading Role nominee at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- 2015- Nominee at the Lagos Fashion Awards for the Most Fashionable Fast Rising Actress of the Year
- 2014- Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) nominee for the Best Actress in a Leading Role
- 2018- Golden Movie Awards Africa nominee for Golden Supporting Actress (Drama)
- 2018- Nominated Sarah’s Epiphany for the Overall Golden Movie at the Golden Movie Awards Africa
- 2019- Celebrity Owned NGO of the year at the Nigeria Women Achiever’s Award
- 2019- Nominee at the Golden Movie Awards Africa for the Golden Actress (Drama)
- Award Recipient at the African Leading Women Awards
- 2019- Conferred with the International Honorary Goodwill Ambassadorial Award at the Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Awards
Did Daniella Okeke Retire from Acting?
No, the celebrated actress is still very much active in the film industry and has not retired or quit her acting career in any way. Since her debut, Daniella Okeke has remained relevant in the film industry, but the fact is that she is not your regular kind of Nollywood actress who frequently features in movies.
Moreover, the actress said that she puts a good part of her time into her other business endeavors and philanthropic activities, hence she seems to be very selective about the movie roles she accepts.
Daniella Okeke is the founder and CEO of the media and entertainment outfit, Dcovi Entertainment Company. Also, she runs a jewelry business and owns a high-end boutique, Dope Accessories, located in Lekki, Lagos. She has also expanded her strides in the film industry by delving into movie production.
Daniella Okeke’s Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Daniella Okeke is a charming and adorable woman blessed with remarkable shape, height, slim body, and sexy curves that leave her fans, especially the male folk gushing over her. She stands at an impressive height of 5 feet 7 inches (172 cm), weighs 161 lbs (75 kg), and her body measurements including breast, waist, and hip size, are 36-29-48 inches, respectively.
Danielle’s ravishing look is complemented by black hair, black shiny skin, and eyes that rounded up her exceptional beauty. Meanwhile, the voluptuous actress once clarified that she has never gone under the knife as many people have been speculating and maintaining that her “behind” is real and natural. She also added that it is her biggest asset.
Actress Daniella Okeke is Currently Single
As of the time of writing this post, Nollywood star Daniella Okeke is not married and has not been married before. The actress had some time addressed the rumor about her being previously married and divorced as reported by some sources. She is also not known to be dating or engaged to anyone.
Daniella barely talks about her relationship and love life but tries her best in keeping it away from the public eye, so it could also be that she is currently in a relationship that is not known to the public. Meanwhile, some years back, Daniella made an Instagram post where she hinted that she is ready for marriage and looking for a man to marry her.
Also, Daniella has no child of her own yet. For now, it seems she is focusing more on building a sustainable future for herself both via her acting career and other business endeavors.
Meanwhile, speaking generally about her experience with men, the voluptuous actress once revealed that she is unlucky in love and usually gets heartbroken anytime she begins to care about someone. Nevertheless, she admitted that love is an amazing and sweet experience but not everyone is lucky enough to find the perfect one for them.
In a subsequent Instagram post, actress Danielle lamented on being tired of her Nigerian citizenship, appealing that a man with a foreign passport comes and marries her out of the country.
She was Romantically Linked with Apostle Johnson Suleiman
In 2017, the internet went agog with the rumors that actress Daniella Okeke is having a romantic affair with the Nigerian controversial cleric, Apostle Johnson Suleiman. Notably is the fact that this was not the first time the actress’s name was mentioned in the Apostle Suleman sex scandal with Nollywood actresses.
According to Sahara Reporters, the popular pastor and Daniella had been neck deep in a relationship and he was the one sponsoring her lavish lifestyle. Suleman allegedly acquired a $76,000 brand-new Mercedes-Benz 450 GL and an N160 million duplex located in Mende Maryland, Lagos for the bootilicious actress.
However, Daniella vehemently denied all rumors and threatened legal action against those spreading them. She said that she is speaking to her lawyers and they are the ones to respond on her behalf.
“In adherence to my lawyer’s counsel, I have been mute since I read some funny fallacies. My lawyers will do the talking but for sure a lot of people will go down for getting my name involved in something I had no business with…”, she wrote
A Sneak Peek Into Daniella’s Luxurious Lifestyle
Apart from Daniella’s love and passion for acting and business, the curvaceous actress has a penchant for acquiring luxury cars and other accessories. She often displays her love for cars from her garage on her social media pages. In her garage, you will find cars like Lexus SUVs, Land Rover LR3, Mercedes-Benz 450, Range Rover Sport, and many others.
She once posted a photo of her cars parked inside her Lekki mansion and wrote: “She never said she was the richest but she is far from broke”. She usually takes to her Instagram to share her expensive accessories acquisitions from top brands such as Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood, etc.
After all, the Lagos Cougars actress has continued to maintain that the source of her wealth is hard work and no man is funding her luxurious lifestyle.
Her Philanthropic Activities
Daniella Okeke may not have been your most famous actress but her life is full of activities that impact lives and society at large. She loves to give back to society through various acts of Philanthropy. She is the founder and CEO of Daniella Okeke Foundation (DOF), a non-profit organization whose aim is at assisting the less privileged.
In 2017, DOF executed a program tagged “Stay in School Project” where they distributed various school materials to several primary school students in Ikorodu Lagos State. They also used the avenue to charge the students on the need to stay in school and study. By this, students also saw the need to remain in school as their requirements were all met.
In December 2018, Daniella and her foundation paid a visit to the Kirikiri Women’s Federal Prison. Food items and other basic supplies were distributed to the imprisoned women and their newborn babies. Also, in December 2019, Daniella’s foundation donated foodstuffs to the less privileged in the Makoko Community.
Besides these projects, however, DOF has since its inception embarked on several other community projects including sponsoring primary school inter-house sports, visiting the lepers, etc.
Social Media Presence
Actress Danielle Okeke has an impressive following across various social media platforms. Her official Instagram account @daniellaokeke currently has 993K followers and is growing consistently. She maintains a good relationship with her supportive fans by ensuring they are not left out of her activities. Moreover, she uses the platforms to promote his businesses, brands, and charity foundation.