Patience Ozokwor is a Nigerian actress popularly known as
Mama G. She was born on March 25th, 1958 in the village of Amaobo, Ngwo, Enugu State, Nigeria.
She attended Abimbola Gibson Memorial School in Lagos.
She won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 10th Africa Movie
Academy Awards. Ozokwor was among 100 Nigerians honoured by the
government to celebrate the amalgamation of the northern and southern
protectorates in 1914.
When asked about her roles, Ozokwor said: “When I play the role of a bad
woman, I see myself at that instance as a mirror through which I want
society to see and appreciate the fact that it is not good to be bad.
This is the reason I do it with so much passion that it becomes almost
believable and by extension, I also see such roles as an opportunity to
minister to lost and wicked souls that jealousy, hatred, envy and all
the likes can only bring one to ruins.”
Patience Ozokwor Daughter
Her only biological daughter is Chioma Nnenna Lameya Ozokwor. The
daughter married her heartthrob Chielozona Ugwu Ani in Enugu, Nigeria.
Patience Ozokwor Children – Patience Ozokwor Family – Patience Ozokwor Kids
She has three biological children and adopted five other children who
bear her name. Her 1st son is an engineer while her last born is a
professional soccer player with Rangers International football club in
Patience Ozokwor Adopted Children
She adopted five children.
Patience Ozokwor Husband – Patience Ozokwor Husband Death
Her husband died in the year 2000.
Patience Ozokwor Daughter Tonto Dike
Tonto Dike’s mother passed away when she was aged three. She was the
third born out of five, but years later, her father remarried and got
two more children. As she was growing up, life was not easy for Tonto,
but she worked hard to ensure that she became a popular Nigerian
celebrity. Therefore based on the biographies of Patience and Tonto, it
is evident that they are not related to each other at all
Patience Ozokwor Net Worth
According to the recent forbes list for 2018, Patience Ozokwor has a net worth of $950 Million USD. Patience Ozokwor Interview with the Sun
How did you feel when you received the Centenary award?
Patience Ozokwor: I feel very elated to have received the award, because
it is a sign that Nigerians appreciate my good work. It is indeed a
dream come through for me as a thespian, and I promise to always make
Nigeria and Africa proud with my work.
How do you feel about all your achievements as an actress?
Patience Ozokwor: Stardom has taking me to so many countries in the
world. I have been able to meet presidents of different nations. And I
appreciate the fact that people commend and appreciate my acting skills
whenever they meet me anywhere in Nigeria and outside the country, which
gives me a great pleasure and ability to work harder, knowing that I
have fans all over the world is worth celebrating.
How has Nollywood helped to transform Nigeria?
Patience Ozokwor: Our movies have been able to affect people’s lives as
well as make them happy. In fact, Nollywood has transformed Nigeria’s
image abroad positively and I am delighted to be part of this
Has your profession affected your life positively?
Patience Ozokwor: I have been able to assist my family financially
through my work, my children were able to go to school and they are
living a comfortable life with their families as graduates by the
special grace of God. In fact, the movie industry has affected my life
positively in every ramification and I don’t have any regret being an
actress and I give God all the glory.
Have you achieved all that you set out to achieve?
Patience Ozokwor: I have not yet achieved everything, personally there
are things that I have in mind to do in the industry, but when I look
back there is nobody yet qualified to take over the mantle from me. And I
pray that God will raise someone that will be better than me, which
will be a great achievement to have someone who will replace me, when I
finally leave the industry.
Would you support any of your children to go into entertainment?
Patience Ozokwor: My second son is already into entertainment, he has a
music record label. While my daughter ended up in the church drama.
Though, my son acted in few movies before he left for the United
Kingdom, hopefully he may do more in acting or movie directing in the
future. And I will give him every encouragement if he decides to go into
acting professionally, because he is passionate about entertainment.
While growing up did you ever think of becoming a movie star?
Patience Ozokwor: I have always been an entertainer from childhood, so
getting to the level I have attained in the industry is by the grace of
God, consistency and hard work.
Could you share some of the experiences you had in your early days as an actress that almost discouraged you?
Patience Ozokwor: During my early days, sometimes when I get to location
with a script, they would tell me someone has taken my place, which was
so disappointing. But I endured and believed God for mine, and He gave
me what belongs to me. Today, God has celebrated me as an icon and I
give God all the glory.
Your husband died in 2000, precisely 14 years ago, how is life as a widow?
Patience Ozokwor: God has always been on my side because without Him
there is nothing we can do. Again, I lived in the village, maybe if I
were living in the city, things would be happening to me and nobody will
know what I was passing through. And my people in the village know that
I am always on location working either in the eastern part of the
country or Lagos and Abuja. But when I am not working you will see me in
the comfort of my home in the village. I appreciate my people for all
their love and peaceful co-existence which I am enjoying. My husband’s
family loves me so much, even before I became a star; we were so
attached to each other. Everyone in the family calls me Patia; they are
fond of me.
Are you saying you still live in the village?
Patience Ozokwor: I don’t live in the city; I still live in my village.
It is nice to live in the countryside where everyone is everybody’s
Not minding the fact that you are a celebrity?
Patience Ozokwor: If you see the way people appreciate me in my village,
whenever I go to the market to shop everyone will be calling me ‘Mama
G’, ‘Gee’ for general, in fact, you will appreciate me more. But my
office is located in Enugu town. So, I enjoy living in the village, my
hometown. I still live my life of simplicity regardless of fame.
How do you manage to shuttle from the village to other parts of the country?
Patience Ozokwor: I have a guest house in Lagos where some of my jobs
are concentrated like soaps, endorsements, commercials and shooting of
movies. I have a three bedroom flat in Asaba. Because I am tired of
staying in public hostels, some are sub-standard; and sometimes you run
into small girls that you know. So, I decided to rent an apartment each
in Lagos and Asaba for comfort. I have adopted children who I take on
holidays, so because I would not like them to grow up in the village
without being exposed to city life, when they are on long vocation and I
am in Nigeria, I take them to Lagos or Asaba for a change of
Your son had his wedding in the United Kingdom sometimes ago and your
daughter also got married in Nigeria, how many children do you have?
Patience Ozokwor: I have three biological children. But because of my
love for children, I adopted five other children who bear my name and I
am very proud of them as my children. But I intend giving two among them
to my younger sister to love as I have been doing. I am grateful to God
for their lives, my son in-law and beautiful daughter-in-law I love you
Your late husband was supportive of your career, would you say you miss
his presence now that you have hit stardom, especially being honoured
with the Centenary award?
Patience Ozokwor: I wish my husband were alive to witness my Centenary
award, because he was highly supportive of my career. Though, he was
sick for a long time before he died, I wish he were still alive. But God
knows the best. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
What did you really miss about him?
Patience Ozokwor: I miss the togetherness, when two people work together
trying to train the children, bringing them up in unity and love. And
all the affection he showered on us. I miss the way he celebrated my
children’s birthdays, he was a true father and husband when he was
alive. I miss my husband’s companionship and love.
Have you ever acted any role related with your experience as a widow?
Patience Ozokwor: Of course, one or two things that happened to you as a
widow will definitely come up in the movies, but I have not acted any
widowhood role that has to do with my experience as a widow negatively.
My in-laws have been very supportive and caring; we have always lived
like one big family. I always visit them in the United Kingdom, United
States of America and those in Nigeria are united in love with me. When
my husband was hospitalized, my sister-in-law and I were taking care of
him; she stayed with him at nights while I took over from her in the
morning before going to location. On that fateful day, I was on location
when my husband died, before my sister in-law arrived the hospital.
Thereafter, they informed me about his death and they put him in the
mortuary and asked me to continue with my job, because they understand
my kind of job, but I blatantly refused. I took permission from the
producer and stayed away for some days. I later came back to finish the
production of the movie.
Tell us about your parents?
Patience Ozokwor: My parents were loving and caring, I miss them so
much. My mother was a popular trader. I never had it rough as a child, I
only had it rough when my husband fell sick, but my in-laws did not
leave me, they took care of my husband’s hospital bills. It’s just that
you don’t have to wait for people to survive; instead you struggle to
make life meaningful for yourself.
You are looking younger and beautiful even at your age, are you thinking about remarrying?
Patience Ozokwor: It is not about my look but my age. I am not thinking
about remarrying. Since my husband died, I have been rearing my children
to the glory of God. And I decided to occupy my mind on my job and
service to God to give my children the best in life.
How old are you now?
Patience Ozokwor: I was born on March 25,1958, so do the calculation.
At 56, you are looking elegant. What is the secret behind your healthy look?
Patience Ozokwor: God is the secret behind my ageless look, and I also
eat what my body needs, I take a lot of fruits and exercise when it’s
necessary. And most imperatively, I don’t drink alcohol because I have
realized that alcohol does a lot of damage to the body and makes you
look older than your age.
Nollywood producers have stereotyped you with roles that make you get bad remarks, how have these roles affected your life?
Patience Ozokwor: I don’t owe anybody any apology for the roles I play,
because I get paid for them and it is my job. It is only people who
don’t understand that acting is make belief that perceive an actor to be
living his or her life the way she acts on set. If I could read my
script and interpret the role to get the best production, it means I
Who is Patience Ozokwor outside the set?
Patience Ozokwor: I am a very loving mother, nice, caring, jovial,
understanding, and above all God fearing. But I don’t take nonsense
because I am a disciplinarian.
You attended teachers training college were you nursing the idea of becoming a teacher?
Patience Ozokwor: I attended teachers training college in Afikpo; and
then I proceeded to IMT, Enugu where I studied Fine and Applied Arts,
specializing in Graphics. But I am a not a teacher today, because my
interest is in acting where my passion also lies.
Patience Ozokwor Movies
Old School Personal Desire Personal Desire 2 Act Of Faith After My Heart Erak & Eran Battle Of Religion After My Heart 4 Bottom Of My Heart Bottom Of My Heart 2 Critical Truth Female Lion Female Lion 2 Heart Of A Slave Heart Of A Slave 2 Heaven After Hell Heaven After Hell 2 Husband My Foot Husband My Foot 2 Naked Wrestler Naked Wrestler 2 Onoja Onoja 2 Sin No More 1 & 2 Sin No More 2 Strength To Strength Strength To Strength 2 The Evil Queen The Evil Queen 2 The Plain Truth The Plain Truth 2 Area Mama Area Mama 2 Away Match Away Match 2 Blood Apart Blood Apart 2 Divine Twins Divine Twins 2 Evil Agenda Evil Forest Final Kingdom Final Kingdom 2 Goddess Of The Sun Goddess Of The Sun 2 Heavy War Help Me Out 2 Highest Offence Highest Offence 2 My Vision 3 Holy Man 2 Grave Minds I Need A Husband I Need A Husband 2 Kingdom Apart Kingdom Apart 2 Legal War Dog Of War Legal War 3 Lions Den Lions Den 2 Lost In The Jungle King Of My Village Love And Age Love And Age 2 Love And Likeness Love And Likeness 2 Mountains Of Evil Mountains Of Evil 2 Naked Kingdom Naked Kingdom 2 Old Testament Old Testament 2 Only Daughter Only Daughter 2 Passion Of My Blood Passion Of My Blood 2 Pride Of A Woman Pride Of A Woman 2 Saved By Sin Saved By Sin 2 Silent Rage Silent Rage 2 Try & See Try & See 2 Unfinished Business Unfinished Business 2 Will Of God Will Of God 2 The Monster: Demon In-Law 3 Abuja Top Ladies Abuja Top Ladies 2 Abuja Top Ladies 3 Aguba Igogoro Alice My First Lady Alice My First Lady 2 Asunder Asunder 2 Beyond Dreams Beyond Dreams 2