Okawa Shaznay: Biography, Age, Career, Family And Movies

Okawa Shaznay: Biography, Age, Career, Family And Movies

Okawa Shaznay

Okawa Shaznay is a Nollywood actress from Cameroon and the first from her country to successfully break into Nollywood with her role in the blockbuster movie Iyore; starring alongside Rita Dominic and Joseph Benjamin. Okawa Shaznay has also gained more prominence with her leading role in the 2016 hit TV series Delilah: The Mysterious Case of Delilah Ambrose. She won the Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) award for TV Actress of the year in 2016 for her role in Delilah.

Early life and background

Okawa Shaznay was born in Cameroon. she began her secondary school education in Presbyterian Secondary School Mankon, Bamenda, Cameroon. Shaznay later moved to the United States for higher education, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas Southern University.


Shaznay developed interests in performing arts at an early age taking part in stage plays and small film projects in her home country. With the huge influx of Nigerian movies into Cameroon at the time and ongoing, it introduced her to the world of Nollywood in the 90’s which she grew to love and admire. Shaznay featured in her very first movie in Cameroon called “Master DJ” in 2004. She later moved to the United States in 2005 for higher education where she later graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Texas Southern University. It was in Houston tx she joined the All Africa Theater group with whom she moved on the road with for 2 summers performing an adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” playing Ezinne. After then she went on to do a little over 10 African films in the U.S working alongside some of Nollywood’s biggest stars.

During this period from 2010, Shaznay began to have a buzz in the African film industry and was cited in Dulce Camer’s 2010 top 50 Cameroonians to watch out for. A former miss Cameroon USA; She burst into the Nollywood /Gollywood scene in 2013 with a big-screen role in the movie “Cheaters” directed by the legendary African film director Frank Rajah Arase for which she was nominated as Most Promising Actress in the 2nd annual 2013 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards. She also starred in the 2016 released movie project “REFUGEES” which was filmed in Ghana in 2012 and completed in Atlanta USA towards the later months of 2013. She starred in her first movie shot in Nigeria in 2014 which is the highly anticipated movie Iyore starring alongside Nollywood screen queen Rita Dominic and Joseph Benjamin. Okawa also gave a mind-blowing performance in the 2014 well-received movie “Sisters at War” a.k.a. (Sister’s War/Sister’s Apart) starring alongside Jackie Appiah and Yvonne Nelson.

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Year Film Role Notes
2004 Master DJ Sirri
2008 8th Commandment
2009 Caged
Governor’s Gift
2010 The Bet Grace
2011 The Other Side of Love
This Is Houston
2012 X- Class
2013 High Endz
Blind Pursuit
Cheaters 1& 2 Clara with Jackie Appiah & Adjetey Anang
2014 Sisters At War 1 & 2 Ayah Ampah with Jackie Appiah, Yvonne Nelson, & Koffi Ajorlolo.
Cheaters Vacation Tracy with Yvonne Nelson, Eddie Watson
The Prince of Barmah Rita Nash with Jackie Appiah, Koffi Ajorlolo & Kalsum Sinare.
2015 Scars Gaya Lawson with Mike Ezuruonye, Clarion Chukwurah,& Lilian Esoro.
Iyore Amenze/Onaiwu Esosa/Princess Ajoke/ with Rita Dominic, Joseph Benjamin, Yemi Blaq, Paul Obazele, Bukky Wright.
2016 Refugees Nahlela with Belinda Effah, Yvonne Nelson.
Delilah: The Mysterious Case of Delilah Ambrose (TV series)-Season 1 & 2. Delilah Ambrose with Clarion Chukwurah, Michael Okon, Paul Obazele.
2017 Crossed Path Melody with Ken Erics, Frank Artus & Emem Inwang.
Perfect Strangers Anastasia Lawson with Desmond Elliott, Segun Arinze, & Barbara Soky.
Soul Tie Grace with Ramsey Nouah.
Wounded Wendy with Desmond Elliott, Ini Edo, & Tony Umez, Padita Agu for Africa Magic Productions.
Snatched Grace with Michael Godson & Linda Osifo for Africa Magic Productions.
Behind the Face Amanda with Tony Umez & Michael Okon.
Delilah: The Mysterious Case of Delilah Ambrose (TV series)-Season 3. Delilah Ambrose with Tony Umez, Segun Arinze, Michael Okon.
2018 The Gamble Vanessa Williams with Eucharia Anunobi for ROK.
2018 Save My Heart Ivory with Seun Akindele for Africa Magic Productions.
2019 Unbroken Cord with Ken Erics.
2019 (coming soon) Love & Lies with Eddie Watson & Khing Bassey for Africa Magic Productions.
2019 (coming soon) Customer Service Stacy with Etinosa & Khing Bassey for Africa Magic Productions.
2019 (coming soon) In My Country Adesua Odihi with Sam Dede & Bimbo Manuel.
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Awards and nominations

Year Event Prize Work Result
2013 2013 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Most Promising Actress Cheaters Nominated
2014 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Sisters at War Nominated
2015 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Actress of the Year (Africa) Iyore Nominated
2016 Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) Awards TV Actress of the year Delilah: The Mysterious Case of Delilah Ambrose Won
2017 Nollywood and African Film Critics Awards Best Actress in a series Delilah: The Mysterious Case of Delilah Ambrose Won
2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role In My Country Nominated

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