Who is Patience Ozokwor?
Patience Ozokwor is a veteran Nigerian actress, fashion designer, gospel singer, and evangelist.
Ozokwor is often recognized as one of the pioneering members of Nollywood, having stayed in the industry for decades. She is known for portraying wicked roles in movies and for many years held the unofficial title of Nollywood’s “most-wicked mother-in-law.
Patience Ozokwor is also popularly known by the nickname “Mama G” by her fans and movie lovers. The veteran actress was born on September 14, 1958, in Enugu State. She is currently 63 years old. Ozokwor hails from Amaobo, the present-day Ngwo in Enugu State, Nigeria.
Patience Ozokwor’s education
Patience Ozokwor obtained a degree in Fine and Applied Arts from the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu. She also attended Afikpo Training College to obtain a degree in teaching.
How Patience Ozokwor started acting
“Mama G” as she is fondly called has had a passion for acting right from her primary school days as she participated in different stage plays. She has even become a popular personality before she ventured into acting.
She became a radio broadcaster after teaching for four years at WTC Secondary School in Enugu. Ozokwor worked as a presenter and newscaster with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) before the station was shut down.
She also served as one of the dramatists in the radio station which helped in carving out a niche for her.
The actress went into trading for a short while after FRCN’s shutdown. She joined Nollywood in 1998 after she met Nollywood veteran actor, Chika Okpala, also known as Chief Zebrudaya. She got her breakthrough after starring in a commercial with Pete Eneh.
Chief Zebrudaya was impressed by the actress’s performance in the commercial and urged her to join Nollywood, an offer she resisted at first but later took up after much persuasion.
Patience Ozokwor rose to prominence in 1999 after starring in the blockbuster movie titled “Authority”. She got her moniker” Mama G” in 2002 after starring in the movie “Old School”.
Patience Ozokwor has featured in over 300 movies since the start of her career.
Patience Ozokwor as an evangelist
In 2016, Patience Ozokwor (Mama G) took a break from Nollywood to focus on her ministerial work as an evangelist. She is an evangelist at Dominion City Church led by David Ogbueli.
Patience Ozokwor’s marriage and wedding
Patience Ozokwor was once married to late Mr Ozokwor. She is currently a widow with 8 children, (3 biological children and 5 adopted ones).
According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, she got married to her late husband at the tender age of 19 immediately after her secondary school education in 1977. It was an arranged marriage.
The veteran actress made it known that her parents forced her into the marriage because she had quite a number of suitors seeking her hand in marriage back then.
According to her, one of her regrets was the fact that she did not get to marry the man of her choice, though she later found solace in the marriage and misses her husband a great deal after his death.
Patience Ozokwor – Her husband’s death
Patience Ozokwor became a widow in the year 2000 when her husband died. She has remained a single mother ever since then. She made it known that her children kicked against the idea of her remarrying which she later regretted.
Patience Ozokwor’s alleged relationship with former DESOPADEC boss, Michael Diden aka Ejele
There were rumours around 2014 that Patience Ozokwor was having an affair with Pastor Michael Diden aka Ejele, an ex-Commissioner of Delta State Oil Producing Areas and Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
The actress later denied the rumour, stating that she does not even have the man’s contact in her possession.
About Patience Ozokwor’s husband, Mr Ozokwor
Patience Ozokwor’s late husband, Mr Ozokwor passed away in the year 2000 after battling a chronic illness for 15 years.
He is said to be a mechanical engineer that worked in Enugu as a civil servant. However, further information about the man is currently unavailable in the media.
Patience Ozokwor’s children
Patience Ozokwor has a total of 8 children, 3 with her late husband, while the remaining 5 are her adopted children.
Not much is known about her adopted children, but her biological children (2 boys and a girl) are all grown up with families of their own.
The names of Patience Ozokwor’s three biological children are Uchendu Ozokwor, Chioma Nnenna Lameya Ani, and Nduka Ozokwor.
Patience Ozokwor is also said to be a grandmother to 14 children, 8 from her biological children and 6 from her adopted children.
Uchendu Ozokwor is Patience Ozokwor’s first son and child. He was born on July 8 and he is an engineer by profession. He is an alumnus of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).
Uchendu Ozokwor got married on May 25, 2013, to Gloria Nweze in London and their union is blessed with 2 children.
Chioma Nnenna Lameya Ani
Chioma Nnenna Lameya Ani (née Ozokwor) is Patience Ozokwor’s first daughter and second child. She celebrates her birthday every December 17 and she is also married.
She got married to her husband, Emeka Ani in 2010 and together they have three children. She is currently based in London with her family and she is said to be into music.
Nduka Ozokwor is Patience Ozokwor’s second son and the last biological child of the actress. Reports have it that he was born on December 25, 1988, and he was in the university when his father passed away.
The 33-year-old man is a footballer. He was a midfield attacker for the Enugu Rangers of Nigeria before relocating to Turkey as a professional footballer. He had once represented the Nigerian Flying Eagles Football Team as their captain in the FIFA U20 World Cup hosted in Canada in 2007.
Nduka Ozokwor is also married. His wife’s name is Mary and they are blessed with 3 children.
Patience Ozokwor’s adopted children
Patience Ozokwor adopted 5 children who share her name after the death of her husband.
However, there is very little information about them in the media except that one of them is a pastor and one also died in March 2016 due to a blood infection.