Patience Ozokwor, a seasoned Nollywood actress better known by her stage as Mama G, asserted that being in one of the states with the most population, such as Lagos or Abuja, did not guarantee success in the film industry.
The Site News reports that the actress made the statement during the candle procession night in honour of the late Chief Executive Officer and founder, Africa Movie Academy Awards, Madam Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, on Tuesday night in Enugu.
According to Patience, many of her colleagues started their careers in Enugu State but relocated to Abuja and Lagos the moment they became stars and forgot their roots.
However, the thespian stated that she would remain in the village and would confidently tell anyone she is from the village whenever she travels outside Enugu.
Patience Ozokwor noted that an actor or actress can be called from America if they are talented as they do not need to relocate to become a star.
She said: “But for me, I said I am going to stay in Enugu, inside the village and when I go to Lagos, I tell them I am a village woman.
“I stay at Ngwo in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State and God has shown me that you can become a star from anywhere.
“You don’t need to be in Lagos or Abuja, If you are good enough, they will call you even from America.”
She added that she had received the Member Federal Republic award and the Centenary Award which is given once every 100 years.
In her words: “I did not even know who put my name there, so you can be picked from anywhere. That is the statement I wanted to make in this industry but I am happy that I am saying it today.”