This is another dark moment in the beautiful history of the Nigerian local film industry, Nollywood as a virtuous woman who dedicated her beautiful life to interpreting roles and scripts on our beautiful TV screens has passed on.
Patience Oseni (possibly in her late 60s or early 70s) passed away on the 17th of February, 2020 in Calabar, Cross River State under undisclosed circumstances. The announcement was made by her daughter and her fans have been reminiscing about the beautiful times she gave us in active service as they mourn her demise.
She will be fondly remembered for the stellar roles she played in blockbuster local movies like ‘My Only Love’ released in 2003, ‘Orange Girl’ produced in 2002 and ‘Bumper to Bumper’ shot in 2004, ‘Married To A Witch’, ‘End Of The Wicked’ (1999) and other 7 big movies that gained the rapt attention of the general public. She would later appear in one of the music videos of Nigerian singer, B-Red during which she brought much humour to the visuals.
The unforgettable movie titled ‘End Of The Wicked’ which she starred in particularly shot her to prominence as it touched on some controversial issues about the powers of the forces of darkness and how God overpowered them. It was a film that gained both local and international attention about witchcraft and wizardry in Africa. And she did a fantastic job acting alongside Nollywood legends like Alex Usifo, Ramsey Nouah, Charles Okafor, Hilda Dokubo, Helen Ukpabio, Larry Okon and others.
Patience Oseni was an all-round actress who could play any role and make the audience actually forget its a movie. Some of the wicked roles she played during her lifetime earned her a level of hatred just like Patience Ozokwor but at the end of the day, it all amounted to love as the viewers admitted she was just too good at her craft. Even in death, she will remain one of the best villains of Nollywood in many years to come.
The bad news is that the late Patience Useni whose biography is scantily available online never really made money just like several of her colleagues who struggled with life despite their fame and exposure. On the 19th of February, 2019, she was one of the ailing beneficiaries of a N5 million fund disbursed by the then-senate president, Bukola Saraki to the Actors Guild Foundation. The nature of her sickness was not revealed but she expressed gratitude through her daughter.
Patience Useni made our childhood fun with her natural talents and she will be fondly remembered for the evergreen and impassioned services she delivered to Nollywood in the spirit of passion and love for the industry. Its so sad that she went into oblivion in recent years just like many of her colleagues battling with old age, health and other economic challenges. We only remember and celebrate people of her quality in death which shouldn’t be.
For now, she will always be in our memories till we meet again. Rest in peace, madam Patience Useni. You lived well.