Boulaye, actress, singer, painter, writer, polititian
and good samaritan must be one of the most famous
African women on earth.
In Great Britain, where she lives with her very
loving husband and children, Patti is a household
name, if not cult figure.
It is interesting to note that Patti was not
born in England. The bright lady was born most
dramatically in Nigeria, and she only came here
at the age of 16, and appeared in her first West
End Musical "Hair" at the Shaftesbury
This was followed by "Two Gentlemen of Verona"
at the Phoenix and a stint as one of the fabulous
girl group, "The Flirtations".
She was in the London performance of "Jesus
Christ Superstar". Patti was also cast in
her first starring role "Yum Yum" in
the "Black Mikado", at the Cambridge
Theatre in the West end.
After this time out, the now popular actress
changed her name from Patricia Ngozi Ebigwe to
Patti Boulaye. Patti would later take Nigeria
by storm with her superlative performance in "Bisi
Daughter of the River", the most successful
Since then, there's no stopping this indefatigable
African Amazon. When she met recently in her office
in South West London with OVATION publisher, Dele
Momodu, Patti told the story of her life with
so much candor, and opened up the way she never
did in most of other interviews.
Story by Dele Momodu and Bodise
Full story available in:
Ovation International Magazine - Issue 52