Feb 18, 2017 – Patience Ozokwor Mama Gee: 1 Of My 4 Adopted Kids Died Of Blood Infection Last Year
Nollywood actress Mama G recently had a chat with Lanre Odukoya about her family, career and legacy.
See excerpts of the interesting interview below:
Can You Please Tell Us About Your Children
Well, they are all outside the country,apart from my first son, my first son is in Nigeria, he is in politics, my last child is playing football and he is in training currently.
My daughter lives in the UK with her family, the one you said is into music lives in London.
He is in London doing his business and combining it with the one he’s doing in Nigeria, my adopted child is a pastor and the other ones are fine.
How many adopted kids do you have?
I have four, one died in March 2016, he had blood infection and he couldn’t make it.
But you didn’t say anything about your husband…
Oh, he was a mechanical engineer, he was a civil servant in Enugu, he was sick for a long time, for more than fifteen years and he died, he passed on in 2002.
What’s been your experience as a single mother?
I cannot complain because God has been faithful. You know what it means to be married to a man who would later take ill for 15 years?
He was in and out of coma and when you get out of coma, there’s no way you would be as strong as you were.
So, I got quite used to doing things alone by the help of Almighty God; when my husband was even alive, his health didn’t allow him to do much.
How do you relax when you’re not onset?
I don’t think it’s time for me to rest yet. The only rest that I’m getting is that if I’m not shooting, I’d just be in the house.
Fortunately for me, I was raised not to believe I have to go to Amaka’s house, Chinelo’s house and so on. I stay at home.
I’m a food person too. I cook a lot. And I watch a lot of my movies, mine and others’. It’s just lately that I slowed down on reading novels. I loved to read novels.
Do you have anybody who is your very close friend, the one you can do a day without talking to?
Like I earlier told you, I’m always on my own. But I have very good friends, it doesn’t mean I can do a day or two without them. What if the person doesn’t want to talk to you at a particular point in time? Chinyere Winfred and Ngozi Ezeonu are my very good friends. I have some who are not superstars but who are my friends too. I have Andy Ike and Uche Nancy who are also my friends, they call me their mother.
When you were a young woman, what kind of spinster were you? Were you a happy-go-lucky-girl who had the liberty to wear trousers and socialise like most girls?
I’m from a very strict Christian home. We were not allowed to wear trousers and I was a member of the Christian Union. I did things boys could do because I was naturally a very energetic person. I could break firewood, and do other things but I wasn’t dressing like boys.