Nigerian musician, fashion designer, gospel singer, and actress Patience Ozokwor was born on September 14, 1958. At the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards, she took home the Best Supporting Actress 2012 and 2013 trophy.
In 2014, the government honoured 100 Nigerians, including Ozokwor, to commemorate the union of the northern and southern protectorates.
Born in Amaobo, Ngwo, a hamlet in modern-day Enugu State, Nigeria, Ozokwor went to Abimbola Gibson Memorial School in Lagos. Since elementary school, when she participated in a variety of theatre productions, Ozokwor has had a passion for performing.
Later on, she studied at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu, where she graduated with a fine and applied arts degree. She made her acting debut in radio drama and was already a sensation before she ever started performing. She appeared in the soap opera Someone Cares, produced by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
She had three biological children and five adoptive children, all of whom bear her name. She was married at the age of 19. In 2000, she lost her spouse. Her children’s refusal to let her remarry after her husband passed away and her inability to marry the man of her dreams were her two greatest regrets in life, she said.