Date Of Birth: 25 March 1958
State Of Origin: Enugu
Marital Status: Married
Movies Acted: Mama G, The Successor, Agbomma, After The Proposal, Submission, Arrangee Mama, Blood Apart, Strange Madness, Try and See, Blood of Satan, Covert Operation, Slave Boy, etc.
Awards Won: Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (2014), City People Movie Award for Best Actress of the Year (English) (2014), Nigerian Centenary Award (2014), etc.
Patience Ozokwor, aka Mama G, is a veteran Nigerian actress, who has been in over 200 movies till date.
Born on the 25th of March, 1958, Patience comes from a humble family in Ngwo. She attended the Abimbola Gibson Memorial School, Lagos and during the heat of the political crisis that later culminated into the civil war, she had to relocate to Enugu.
She attended Teachers Training College in Afikpo from where she proceeded to IMT Enugu where she studied Fine and Applied Arts, specialising in Graphics but she never practiced for one day. Initially, she never had the intention of joining the film industry and was a teacher by training where she taught for about four years before venturing into broadcasting.
She was employed as an announcer with FRCN Enugu and was later retrenched when they closed down all the medium wave band stations.
Married at 19, Patience Ozokwor left teaching to go into broadcasting where she was a radio announcer and newscaster. She worked at the station until it closed down. Undeterred, she went on to another broadcasting facility where she began to do radio dramas.
Her first sojourn into acting began 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 they were invited to stage the play in so many other places in Southeastern Nigeria. She was very popular then and everywhere she went people were calling her Hamlet. But after the teachers’ training, she forgot everything about drama until she went into Radio 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.
For a long time now, people have started calling her Mother Africa as she has played the role of a mother to almost every prominent actor in Nollywood and has nurtured many upocoming acts.
She usually jokes with Olu Jacobs. She tells him that “It is only him and Pete Edochie that have refused to let her play their mother.”