An unmistakable face on the Nollywood scene, Patience Ozokwor has been known to fully embrace every role she has been assigned in her decades in Nollywood.
Despite frequently acting roles that portray her as tough and ruthless, Mama G as she is fondly called recently revealed, in an interview with Punch , that she still gets nervous quite often and can hardly bear the incessant stares of fans in public.
“Fame is a good thing and it has a lot of advantages. However, sometimes, you cannot be yourself because all eyes are on you. There are times I get nervous when I am in public because so much attention is on me and it seems everybody is watching me. At times like that, I get self conscious and I think that’s quite natural. Sometimes, I just want to be like everybody else and go about unnoticed. As a celeb, so much is expected of you and people hold you to certain standards, and this, sometimes, could be unrealistic,” she said.
Patience continued; “However, I don’t take all I have for granted. Fame has opened a lot of doors for me and I get preferential treatment. Having a good name is more important than any other thing because your children and generations yet unborn will reap the benefits. Above it all, I thank God for His grace. I thank God that I have achieved everything I wanted with this profession. It is very important for one to know one’s path. Otherwise, one could just waste years doing the wrong things and getting no results.”
On her thoughts on romantic roles, Ozokwor said, “There is nothing wrong with that as it is part of the job of an actor. However, as adults, I believe that we know the difference between right and wrong. While portraying a romantic scene, things shouldn’t be taken overboard and made obscene. One of the most important roles of movies is to teach people; we just need to make sure that we are not passing the wrong messages.”
Giving advice to actors waiting for their big break, the actress cautioned them to be patient and make the love of the profession their driving force, rather than money.
“I have observed that many of the young ones are only into this for the money and it shouldn’t be that way. One of the easiest ways to get frustrated or derailed on this job is to make money your focus because if it doesn’t come, you will be tempted to engage in unwholesome acts. Instead, it is your passion that should motivate you,” she concluded.