Patience Ozokwor is a Nollywood actress, producer, evangelist, philanthropist and a television personality. She has been regarded as one of the best performing actresses in Nigeria and also one of the highest paid actresses in Nigeria. She was born on 25th March 1958 in the village of Amaobo, Ngwo in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. She is currently 65 years old. She always plays the role of a royal queen, mother, mother in-law, step mother and house wife in several Nollywood movies.
She is very gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. She knows how to interpret her roles very well and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers in Nigeria. She has been in the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood for more than two decades and always plays the role of an evil woman.
Patience Ozokwor grew up in Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria, where she completed her primary school education and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate. After completing her primary school education, Patience Ozokwor attended Abimbola Gibson Memorial High School in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria and obtained her West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing her secondary school education and obtaining her West African Senior School Certificate, Patience Ozokwor got married at the age of 19 years old. She started acting right from her secondary school days when she played the role of Hamlet in Shakespeare’s classic drama ‘Hamlet’. After her early marriage she furthered her education at the Women’s Training College in Lagos and obtain a National Certificate of Education (NCE) in teaching.
After her graduation from the Women’s Training College, Patience Ozokwor went on to become a professional teacher in a reputable secondary school and taught for four solid years before quitting the job. Patience Ozokwor left her teaching job and moved on to radio broadcasting, where she worked as a radio presenter and newscaster. She worked at the station until it was closed down. She went on to another broadcasting facility where she began to do radio drama.
After her husband’s illness and sudden death, Patience Ozokwor became a widow and concentrated all her energy in providing for her family while returning to school to learn graphic arts and later graduated with a degree in mass communication from a reputable institution here in Nigeria. In 1995, Patience Ozokwor joined the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood and rose to fame after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Living in Bondage” a movie that brought Nollywood to limelight.
After featuring in several radio drama programs, Patience Ozokwor decided to open a training school to help young female school dropouts start a business of their choice. She taught the girls how to make hair and skin care. The project was sponsored by the Enugu state government. Due to her humanitarian services she was politically appointed as the assistant to the wife of the Mayor of her local government in Enugu State, Nigeria.
Patience Ozokwor currently has an estimated net worth of over $800,000, making her one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria. She is also very popular on social media with more than a million followers on her official Instagram account. In 2011, she received an award and honor by the Nigerian federal government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) being the highest honor and an award given to a celebrity who has contributed immensely to the economic growth and development of the country through entertainment.
Patience Ozokwor is no longer active in the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood), she is currently an evangelist ministering the gospel of God. According to her, an angel came to her in her dream and told her that God said she should stop her acting career and serve him. That is how she became an evangelist and started preaching the word of God. Many people have misunderstood her to be an evil person due to the kind of role she plays in movie. But in real life she is a kind, generous, friendly, funny and a lovely person to be with.
Patience Ozokwor is currently regarded as one of the pioneers of the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) and contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood in Nigeria and rest of the world. In 2005, Patience Ozokwor won the Best Supporting Actress of the Year Award at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards. She has acted in more than 350 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies she has acted include Living in Bondage, My Sweet Mother, Aguba, Witches, Atinga, The Coven, Idemili, The Calabash, Old School and many more.
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