Her zeal to express herself creatively prompted her choice of Theatre Arts as a discipline. In a chat with Afrolife, she recalls that, “I’ve always wanted to be in charge of production right from my University days and it wasn’t by accident that I studied Theatre Arts. It is what I really want.”
When she started this journey in the industry there were not many prominent female directors aside Amaka Igwe. “It used to be male dominated. People could come to your set and be stunned to see a female director and some could outrightly refuse to take instructions from you. However, things have changed with the influx of young and upwardly mobile female directors in the industry.”
Pat as she is fondly called enthused that if you know your job and your worth, people respect you. “Be in charge of your set,” is an admonition from her teachers, she still adhere to. With over two decades in film making, she sure knows her onions and this has earned her a reputable place in the industry.
The mother of four has her husband to thank for the support from the home front. “My husband is very understanding and knows the dictate of the job and helps with the children when I had to be on set. He’s also the check and balances I need when my attention is more needed at home than at work. He brings in the business angle and add value. My children are sometimes on set with me to act.”
The exuberant director is upbeat about her craft so much she is always excited to be on Set. She disclosed that each job she did were not the same and each came with its own style and dynamics adding that her sets reflect a big family where they had fun and dealt with challenges.
Pat directed Multichoice telenovelas like Jemeji: (2017), Hush: (2016), Hotel Majestic: (2015) with two other directors. She also has various television directing credits and she is commissioned by ROK studios from 2019 till date.