Regina Askia Usoro: Model, Actress, Producer, Nurse.

Regina Askia Usoro(Regina Askia-Williams), born in Lagos state, on May 17th, 1967 is an American-based family nurse practitioner (FNP), healthcare and educational activist, television producer, writer, and public speaker, who found fame as an actress and model.

Although, she was born in lagos, Regina is from Akwa Ibom State.

Regina Askia is married to an American Citizen, Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Williams and the marriage is blessed with two children namely Teesa Olympia and Rudolph Junior.

Regina had her primary and secondary education in Lagos state. She later went to the University of Calabar but finally completed her tertiary education in University of Lagos where she bagged a degree in Biology.

She was crowned Miss Unilag in 1988. That same year, she competed in the MBGN 1988 contest.

Askia-Williams represented Nigeria at Miss Charm International held in Leningrad, Russia, and came second.

She also made history by becoming the first Nigerian at Miss International in Japan, where she made an impact with the most outstanding traditional costume.

After gaining public recognition in Nigeria as a beauty pageant winner, Askia-Williams began a modelling career. As a model, Askia-Williams appeared in several Nigerian print and television commercials including Kessingsheen Hair Care, boutique chain Collectibles, and most famously, Visine. She also worked on several runway shows. In 2007, she modelled for the 2000-N-Six face cleansing range alongside her daughter, model Stephanie Hornecker. In 2005 she hosted a fashion show at the Nigerian Embassy in New York City to raise awareness for the plight of children’s social amenities in Nigeria, and in 2006, she hosted a charity fashion show at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, which displayed the creations of top African designers and her own label Regine Fashions.

Regina kick-started her acting career in 1993 in Nigerian Soap Fortunes and later Fortunes on NTA network where she featured as Tokunbo Joshua. In this movie, she played the role of a gold digger. Her brilliant performance shot her to fame in Nollywood movies and earned her several awards and nominations in the Nigerian movie industry.

Awards

Regina Askia in her years of acting, has received several awards. They include:

  • 2000 Best Actress in Nigeria at the Afro Hollywood Awards in London.
  • 2007 Award recipient by the Celebrating African Motherhood Organization (CAM) at the Gala Event in Washington DC.

Projects

She has been involved in several projects including the Renaissance Network Africa, a combination of African American project. She works on promoting greater collaboration between Africa and its diaspora with her fashion shows as well as medical missions to Africa.

She co-hosts an Internet broadcast discussion program, African Health Dialogues. The program covers such topics as the effectiveness of mobile medical clinics in Africa.

She has also set up other medical outreaches to reach out to the less priviledged in the country in health and other related matter

Filmography

• Veno
• Man Snatcher
• Slave Warrior: The Beginning 
• Dangerous Babe
• The President’s Daughter
• Festival of Fire 
• Dirty Game 
• Full Moon 
• Vuga
• Vuga 2
• Highway to the Grave 
• Suicide Mission
• Maximum Risk
• Most Wanted
• Juliet Must Die
• Queen of the Night
• Mena
• Red Machete