Veteran Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwor popularly addressed as Mama G turns 60 today. The ever young, smart ace actress known for her vibrant and hilarious roles has successfully made her mark in the movie and entertainment industry
She remains a person of dignity in the movie industry, staying off controversies as well as standing out amongst the colleagues of her age.
In celebration of her birth and talent which she embodies, we have brought you a detailed profile on her life and career.
Patience Ozokwor hails from Amaobo village, Ngwo, Enugu state, Eastern part of Nigeria on the 14th of September, 1958.
Patience attended the Abimbola Gibson Memorial School, Lagos and during the heat of the political crisis that later culminated in the civil war, she had to relocate to Enugu.
She attended Teachers Training College in Afikpo from where she proceeded to Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu where she studied Fine and Applied Arts. She specialized in Graphics but she never practiced.
Patience was a teacher by training where she taught for about four years before venturing into broadcasting. She was employed as an announcer with FRCN in Enugu.
The veteran actress started acting during her teacher training days in Afikpo, where she was given the role of Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play of the same title. The play was so good that her team got invited to stage the play in so many other cities in the Southeastern part of Nigeria.
Chika Okpala (Chief Zebrudaya of New Masquerades) invited her to take part in a commercial in which she played the wife of Pete Eneh. The commercial was a mass orientation promo by the Anambra State Government to encourage her citizens to acquire education before venturing into trading. After the promo was aired, there was a positive reaction from the people and Chief Zebrudaya himself was so impressed.
She was also involved in a radio drama where she took part in a soap opera titled, “Someone Cares” on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) a
Patience rose to fame in 1999 when she starred in a Nollywood block buster titled, “Living In Bondage” . She has acted in over 250 Nollywood movies like “The Wedding Party 2” that has gotten her several awards.
Patience got married at 19 and is a mother of three. She lost her husband a few years ago to a terminal illness. She also adopted 5 children. Mama G is also a grandmother.
In 2005, Patience Ozokwor won the “Best Supporting Actress Of The Year” at the African Movie Academy Awards. She also won the “Best Actress” at the 10th African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).
In 2015, Globa Com signed Patience Ozokwor as one of its Brand Ambassadors. This endorsement has since then remained intact which is also responsible for the wealth she was able to amass. She also got an endorsement deal with Coatal, a pharmaceutical company.
Patience Ozokwor is one of the richest actress in Nigeria. The ace actress is worth $500,000