Why I rejected my husband’s first name – Patience Ozokwor

Veteran Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwor, has opened up on how she managed to wriggle her way out of attempts bestow titles on her early in her career.

She revealed that when she began her acting career, people tried to compare her with legendary actress, Liz Benson by tagging her as “Liz Benson of Enugu” but she rejected the tag because she believes they are both unique.

Ozokwor, while speaking in a recent interview with Nwafo TV, also said she rejected suggestions to answer her husband’s first name as her surname when she began to rise in the industry.

The movie star said; “I don’t know how it started, all I know was that when I started [my acting career] and people started recognising this woman from Enugu.

“So, there was a time I came to Lagos for a shoot and people started saying, ‘That’s her, this woman from Enugu.’ They said, ‘You’re the Liz Benson’ of Enugu.’

“I said, ‘No, with all due respect, I don’t want to be like Liz Benson, I want to be myself. I am Patience Ozokwor of Enugu’.

“And some people came and said, ‘You don’t even need to answer Patience Ozokwor again. Answer your husband’s first name Edmund; Patience Edmund.’

“I said, ‘No, because in Igbo land you’re not just married by one man, you’re married by a family. I don’t know about other trybes.

“So my husband’s people, their name is Ozokwor. When you mention Ozokwor in any part of this world, people who know the Ozokwors would say ‘I know where she comes from’.”

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