We all know Mama G as that extremely devious woman in Nollywood movies. The woman who many people have come to hate because of her roles in movies is not just an actress, but also a singer and a fashion designer who is definitely one of the best actresses in the country. Her real name is Patience Ozokwor.
Even as we all know Mama G as that wicked woman, there’s Patience Ozokwor. These two personalities are all embodied in one. To close friends and family members and many who get to know her more than just the movies, the woman is something completely different. Here are things you need to know about the actress:
Patience Ozokwor Biography
It was on March 25, 1958, that Patience Ozokwor was born in Ngwo, Enugu State. She was raised there before moving to Lagos where she attended the Abimbola Gibson Memorial School. From here, she went on to attend the Women Training College.
In further pursuance of her education, Ozokwor went on to the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu where she obtained a degree in Fine and Applied Arts. After graduation, she decided to try out teaching. She practiced for some time before finally deciding to go into broadcasting where she worked with a radio station as a radio announcer and newscaster.
Before starting as an actress, Patience Ozokwor first made it into the radio drama. Soon she began assisting school dropouts to continue their education and she also helped them develop entrepreneurial skills in different things.
Looking at her career as an actress, the woman rose steadily first by taking part in a commercial, followed by a soap opera on the National Television Authority (NTA), Someone Cares. Because of her acting prowess, she got the opportunity to be invited to act in a movie. In 1999, she was a part of the highly successful and popular movie, Authority. The movie shot her to the limelight and soon she was in many other movies.
Husband and Children
The veteran actress got married at the age of 19 in an arranged marriage. According to her, although she had many suitors at the time, her parents forced her to get married at that early age for reasons she still cannot tell, except that it may be because of the influence of a polygamous family like the one in which she was born into.
While the marriage was not easy for her, she remained in it. It was in 2000 that her husband died. Before his death, her late husband had come to become her real companion. According to Patience, she keeps missing him even many years after his death.
The actress has three biological children and five adopted ones who all bear her name. Her son who is in the United States has a music label and has a knack for the entertainment industry. She also has a daughter who also has something for the industry but neither has made any attempt to join Nollywood. Both her son and daughter are now married.
Mama G Facts
1. She is a Born-Again Christian
The supposedly most-wicked woman in Nollywood is saved. In interviews, this star is always quick to point out God as the pillar of her success and how she couldn’t have achieved anything were it not for God. She currently attends Dominion City Church, founded by Pastor David Ogbueli.
2. She’s a gospel artist…
Unlike Mama Gee in movies, Patience Ozokwor can actually sing. And that’s not everything that her voice can do; apart from making her that “wicked” Nollywood star, it has made her a formidable gospel artist with real fun. In fact, as we speak, this Nollywood star is planning to release a second gospel album. It even gets more interesting when she points out that she has a dance crew that she’s currently funding…Yes, the celebrated Rhema Entertainment Ministry dance crew… if you’ve heard about it, then be informed; Mama Gee is behind the scenes.
3. She’s a widow…
Ozokwor is a widow as her husband died from a terminal disease in 2000. By then, their last born child was already in the university.
4. She was once a teacher…
Before acting, Mama Gee was a qualified teacher. She remained a teacher for more than three years before deciding to push for other things.
5. She was already a star before acting…
While in Afikpo Teachers Training College, Mama Gee had a literature teacher who taught her and a number of other students drama, and then made them present a single play each semester. On most occasions, she was made to play Hamlet in Shakespeare’s play by the same title, Hamlet. And since other schools used to pay to watch Hamlet, she became extremely popular among students during her college life.
6. She was shy to get to Nollywood
Before getting into the film industry, she did a commercial with Pete Eneh that moved Chief Zebrudaya and a number of other Nollywood directors, as well. It was then that she was asked to get into film, but she refused because (one) she felt the film industry would give her superfluous exposure and (two) she was extremely shy. After several attempts of failed persuasion, they eventually managed to pull her to Nollywood.
7. She did her first movie in 1998…
Patience Ozokwor first movie came in 1998. By then, she was already a national star in Nigeria. A year later, she did her second movie called “Authority” that propelled her to the limelight and made her the African-movie-icon that we all know today.
8. Patience has played a mother to every known actor in Nollywood, except for…
Patience has played different roles in over 100 Nollywood movies. She has even acted the role of a mother to almost every known Nollywood star—like Ini Edo, Van Vicker, Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Kanayo O Kanayo, Oge Okoye and the rest–except for Pete Edochie and Olu Jacobs, who she jokingly said refused to let her be their mother in a movie.
9. She has an adopted child…
Mama Gee has three biological children and adopted children. As reported by her children, she is a very caring and proud mother. She has a son who played for Enugu Rangers before moving to Turkey to play football. The son, Nduka Ozokwor, now plays for MKE Ankaragücü.
10. Mama G is also a fashion designer…
Mama Gee was at some point a renowned radio presenter. But at the moment, apart from being the great actor we all know, she is also a well-acclaimed fashion designer. So we can at least say that the time she spent at IMT Enugu wasn’t completely a waste of time…