BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Ever since news broke that Patience Okonkwo aka Mama G had decided to take her faith seriously there have been speculations about how it would affect her acting career.
In an exclusive interview with Saturday Beats she rested our fears and said God did not ask her to quit acting. She also mentioned that she wasn’t going to drop her nickname “Mama G” until God says so.
“It is not true that I said I do not want to be referred to as Mama G. I did not say so,” she said. “It is the people that want to sell their papers that told that lie. God did not say I should retire from my work; after all, we act dramas in church. He did not tell me to stop acting and he did not tell me to stop bearing Mama G. Mama G is not a bad name, there are people who have bad names and he said they should drop them. Mine is not bad. The meaning of Mama means mother and the G stands for General. I am everybody’s mother.”
“Even the scripture says that I am a mother to everybody, even the motherless children. I am just lucky because everything is falling into place. My name is not bad. The world should know that Mama G is still Mama G; I am still Mama General and in other parts of Africa, they call me Mama Africa. How can I deny my fans of that? God did not ask me to quit my job, neither did he say I should renounce the name Mama G because there is nothing wrong with the name. However, if he asks me to stop bearing the name, I will throw it away because it is all about what he wants and not what any man wants.”