Mama G – A Household Name In Nollywood

Nmesoma Okwudili


February 24, 2024

 Mama G – A Household Name In Nollywood

If you’re a Nigerian and say you don’t know who Mama G is, you might have been watching your TV backwards or disrespecting legends. One of the most well-known characters in Nigerian Nollywood, Patience Ozokwo, also referred to as Mama G, is an accomplished musician and gospel singer.

Mama G, who got married at the age of 19, is the mother of five adopted children and three biological children who all share her last name. After her spouse died in 2000, she became a widow.

Her interest for acting began in primary school, when she eagerly participated in a variety of theatre productions. She developed her talents as a member of a radio drama before entering the entertainment industry. Her dedication to acting was furthered in 1999 when she became a cast member of the “Someone Cares” soap opera produced by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), which was the turning point that brought her to mainstream recognition. She then starred in over fifty Nollywood productions, further establishing her reputation in the business.

With the release of “Authority” in 1999, she made her debut in the film industry and has since been well-known for contributing to the development of Nollywood and paving ways for upcoming actors.

Mama G has been a major contributor to the development of the Nollywood movie industry ever since that historic occasion. Her active participation has not only made a lasting impression on the film industry, but it has also encouraged emerging talents to follow their dreams.

In addition to her accomplishments in acting, Mama G is a cultural figure whose influence and inspiration reach both aspiring and seasoned artists. To say that Mama G is unknown would be to ignore a ground-breaking career that has influenced and enhanced Nigeria’s entertainment scene for many years.

The government honoured Mama G as one of the top 100 Nigerians in 2014 to mark the union of the Northern and Southern protectorates. Born in Amaobo, Ngwo, Enugu state, on March 25, 1958, Mama G attended the Abimbola Gibson Memorial School in Lagos for her schooling. At the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu, she worked towards a degree in fine and applied arts.

This talented actress is well known for often portraying antagonistic roles in movies. It’s important to remember, too, that she is versatile beyond these roles and can interact with a wide variety of characters. Despite her preference for villain kinds of roles, people who have had the good fortune to meet her in person attest to her friendly and compassionate demeanour in real life, dispelling any false impressions that her on-screen personas might convey.

Some of her notable movies includes, Authority (1999), Ijele (1999),  Desperado (2001), Ukwa (2001) Old School (2002), Christian marriage (2002), Fire on the mountain (2002), Ukwu na uka (2002),  Blood Sisters (2003), Billionaires Club (2003), The Cross of Love (2003), Market Seller (2003), Mama G in America (2004), Mothers-in-law (2004), Chief Daddy (2018), Chief Daddy 2 (2022).

She has also composed catchy, trendy tunes, such as the hit song “National Cake,” which is a universal favourite, “Jolly Forget Your Sorrows,” “See Me See Trouble,” “My People How Far,” “We Go Shake Boarder,” and so on.

With two wins at the 10th African Movie Academy Awards in 2012 and 2013, Mama G was recognised for her outstanding contributions to the film business. She was also awarded the distinguished title of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) by the Nigerian government in 2014 as a way of recognising her accomplishments.

Mama G, whose real name is Patience Ozokkwor, is a complex figure in Nigerian entertainment. She has made a lasting impression in the Nollywood industry.  In addition to her success as a seasoned musician and gospel singer with popular songs, she has won multiple accolades for her versatile acting. Her journey is a testament to her resilience, versatility, and enduring contributions to the artistic heritage of the country.


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