Patience Ozokwo, veteran actress, says Chika Okpala and the late Pete Eneh inspired her foray into the Nigerian movie industry.


In an Instagram post on Thursday, the movie star reflected on her early days as an actress while also sharing a throwback picture.

Ozokwo, who is fondly called Mama Gee, said the duo were her classmates at the Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT) where they enrolled in the mature students’ programme.

The 62-year-old recalled how she usually makes the pair and other classmates laugh that they eventually asked her to consider acting.


She revealed that she was into radio drama and stage play at the time before delving into Nollywood.

“Early years in Nollywood. Eyes firmly on the goal. Fun fact: I was introduced to Nollywood by chief Zebrudaya (Chika Okpala) and Pete Eneh (may God continue to rest his soul),” she wrote.

“They were my class mates in ESUT mature university program. They couldn’t believe how much I made them laugh everyday in class. They practically dragged me into Nollywood (story for another day). Before then I was doing radio drama and stage play.”



Ozokwo has since established herself as a household name in the Nigerian movie industry.

She has starred in hundreds of Nollywood hit movies and snagged numerous awards including the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ gong at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

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