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Imaobong Regina Askia Usoro (now Regina Askia Williams) was born at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi Araba, Lagos on May 17th, 1967 to Elder Asika Usoro of Ukanafun, Akwa Ibom State and Ms Askia Williams is an American trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Activist who found fame as an actress model beauty queen and television producer in Nigeria’s early Nollywood.
Regina Askia is 54 years old.
Askia attended Federal Government Girls’ College, Calabar and graduated in 1985. She proceeded to University of Lagos (UNILAG) where she graduated in 1990 with a bachelors in biological sciences (B.Sc. Biology). While in UNILAG, she was crowned Miss University of Lagos in 1988.
A firm believer in results oriented approach to service Askia trained in New York, USA, and obtained another Bachelors in Nursing Science (CUNY College of Staten Island, NY) and a Masters as a Family Nurse practitioner (Wagner College, Staten Island, NY) for professional and practical experience towards greater impact on combating the dearth of healthcare practitioners in Nigeria.
Askia runs a Campaign for Nurse Development by activating for capital and skills investment in Nigerian Nurses through a meaningful skills exchange programs with Nigerian nurses in the diaspora.
The Campaign features medical missions and several Nurse training programs in Nigeria. She currently sits on the board of African Views an NGO as director of health programs and presents a global reach Internet radio program which focuses on the myriad of health issues on the African continent and amongst its Diaspora .
As a beauty queen, Askia held the Office of the most beautiful girl in Nigeria in 1989. She placed First Runner Up in Russia’s Miss Charm in 1990 and represented Nigeria in a great outing at Miss International 1991, Osaka, Japan.
Her office as a beauty queen came with travels around the world experiencing peoples and cultures. Her career path in the 90s as a television producer/model featured her in several advertising and promotional campaigns.
This ushered in national acclaim when she featured as the unforgettable Gold digger Tokunbo Johnson in NTAs (Nigerian Television Authorities) soap opera Mega Fortunes. Miss Askia went on to star in several Nollywood films which were featured throughout Nigeria and across countries in Africa. Askia has produced several programs in Health and Beauty and subsequently a soap opera Cankerworm .
Ever on the move in service to the people, Askia has used her visibility to activate for social justice by creating awareness on a variety of social issues affecting women and children as well as activate to unite the divided house of Africa by engaging the skills of the diaspora. In 2001, she partnered with the group Renaissance Network Africa and submitted a proposal that encouraged a unique reunification of Africa and its Diaspora.
The project was actualized by the Lagos State Waterfront Development Board and Ministry of Tourism and it culminated in a visit by the Maryland Conference of Mayors on a famililiarization and homecoming tour to the slave trade routes of Badagry beach.
In 2005, Askia held a fashion show at the Nigerian Embassy in New York to raise awareness to children’s issues in Nigeria and in 2006, she hosted a charity fashion show at the Lehman College in Bronx New York which displayed the creations of top African fashion designers and introduced her own line Regine fashions. An avid learner, she continues her pursuit of a PhD in Nursing.
Askia lives in New York City where she works in a foremost Hospital as a senior transplant nurse and continues her work as a tireless activist for better health care services and social justice in Nigeria sector.
She is married to American Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Williams, nephew of Ron Everette and grandson of Fess Williams; together the couple have two children – daughter Teesa Olympia and son Rudolph Junior. She has another daughter, Stephanie Hornecker, from a previous relationship.
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Regina Askia Awards:
In 2007, Askia was among the several women recognized in Washington DC to celebrate African motherhood. Other recognitions include best actress in Nigeria by Afro Hollywood London in 2000.
Her net worth is not available.