Honour For Nollywood’s Best
Honour For Nollywood’s Best
TRAINED as a teacher, worked as a broadcaster and politician, Patience Ozokwo is clearly the queen of the Nollywood Silver screen. Undoubtedly one of Nollywood’s beloved actresses, the movie star who is best idolized for playing a villain in most movie offerings was awarded the crest of ‘Nollywood Living Legend’ by the organizers of the NFFG and Nollywood E-Golden Award (NEGA). Popular as ‘Mama Gee’, the screen actress of innumerable credits is easily the hottest actress working in Nollywood at the moment. An amiable shining star and role model, Ozokwo’s popularity has continued to soar each passing day. She is loved beyond description for her deftness in role interpretation.
Indeed the widow and mother of eight children—three boys and five girls, with the first five already married with children, has patiently lifted her precious albeit latent talent to a level that deserves wide recognition. Today the Enugu state born actress who is listed among those honoured during Nigeria’s centenary celebration and who holds a national honour of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) has become a source of inspiration to tons and tons of young actors.
An old girl of Anglican Girls School, now Ngwo Girls Secondary School who studied Mass Communication at the Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), Ozokwo settled for a career in teaching after she trained at the Women Teachers Training College (WTTC) Afikpo, Ebonyi State. She soon jettisoned teaching job when she could no longer suppress the urge she had developed for broadcasting. Ozokwo joined Radio Nigeria Enugu where she worked as an announcer and producer in charge of women and youth programmes.
She freelanced a bit after she left Radio Nigeria in 1984, tried her hands on business, returned to the classroom to teach and then worked for four years, between 1992 and 1996 as the Women Development Officer for Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State. It was around this time that Mama Gee decided on a career in acting. A recipient of a number of industry awards and recognition including an honorary doctorate degree proclamation by the Mayor of New York, Mama Gee has so far featured in over 300 movies.
Her most pronounced features include ‘Authority’, ‘After the Proposal’ which won her the 2014 Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Supporting actress and of course ‘Mama G’, which earned her an alias. Though perceived as a villain because of her portrayals in movies, those who are close to the elderly actress describe her as an amiable, cheerful, jovial, warm, homely personality who abhors villains or ‘those without a milk of human kindness’.
Victor Ifeanyichukwu Osuagwu
Hailed as a naturally gifted comic actor, Victor Osuagwu who is the current Chair of the Lagos State chapter of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), was named the recipient of the outstanding Nollywood actor award. A University of Port Harcourt trained actor and a successful entrepreneur, Victor is a notable Nollywood personality and a household name whose ironic simplicity makes observers perceive him as one who is still alien to the trappings of both local and international fame
A native of Mbaise in Imo State who started acting right from childhood, the comic actor of many credits joined Nollywood in 1994, but it wasn’t until five years later that he found a space in the crowded acting landscape. Producers won’t cast him because he was not a known face. But things took a different turn when he featured in the sequel to the box office hit Evil Passion. It was from there that things began to look good for Victor who is married to Lolo Rosaline, mother of his adorable children. Indeed it was from there that things peaked for the devoted disciple of the comedy genre who has climbed steeply to become an indubitable icon that is regarded and adored both at home and abroad.
A devout Christian, a philanthropist and a member and founder of a number of humanitarian and non-governmental organization, Victor has featured in over 250 home movie productions with so many others still at various stages of productions. In his production pouch are critically acclaimed movies like Bird Flu, Lion Finger and Osama Bin La. Victor told his German fans that he has no regret being an actor, although one of his major concern is the fact that some people find it difficult to draw a line between Victor the man, husband and father and the personage he represents in movies which are mostly clownish characters.
Dr. Donald Peterson
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Richfield Technologies Limited, Mr. Donald Peterson is a seasoned entrepreneur who has over the years developed a penchant for building business ideas and models into sustainable ventures. A visionary and analytical business professional who has a broad experience in leadership and business management as well as in corporate governance, Peterson has led Richfield Technologies which he established over 12 years ago to become a multi-disciplinary company with business interest in real estate, oil and gas, broadcasting and lately in the media and Nigerian movie industries where he plans to lead Richfield to invest in the establishment of an internet based platform for distribution of Nollywood content.
A member of numerous business and professional organizations including being an executive member of the Nigerian- Turkey Chambers for Commerce and Industry, Peterson who is a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from the Commonwealth University, Belize and a recipient of the 2010 African Diaspora Excellent Award presented to him by the Mayor of Bonn, Germany received the award of Pillar of Nollywood and the Entertainment Industry in recognition of his commitment to job creation and the development of entrepreneur skill in the Nollywood and entertainment industry.