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Monday, 8 February 2016

10 Quick Facts About Patti Boulaye

10 Quick Facts About Patti Boulaye

Nigerian-born/British artist, singer and actress, Patti Boulaye , on Friday 29th January, was honoured as Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Here are highlights of her illustrious lifestyle and career

1′ Patti Boulaye was born Patricia Ngozi Ebigwei, on the 3rd of May 1954, she is a British-Nigerian singer, actress and artist.

2′ She was raised in a strict Catholic household with nine siblings

3′ The singer rose to prominence after winning New Faces in 1978, and was among the leading black British entertainers in the 1970s and 1980s.

4′  In Nigeria, she is best remembered for starring in Lux commercials, and The Patti Boulaye Show.

5′ She lost her sibling, an airline pilot Tony Ebigwei who was killed in the Nigerian Airways plane crash of 1978.

6′ As a teenager, Boulaye survived the Biafran war, and attributes this to her strong faith.

7′ At 16, she left Nigeria for the United Kingdom, she participated in an audition for the original London production of Hair, and soon won a part which launched her career in musicals.

8′ After Hair, she featured in Two Gentlemen of Verona, but landed her first starring role as Yum Yum in The Black Mikado

9′ Boulaye is the founder and President of the charity “Support for Africa”, which has built five clinics in rural Africa and a school with HRH Prince Harry’s Charity, “Sentebale”, in Lesotho.

10′ She is a devout Roman Catholic, Boulaye has two children, Sebastian and singer-songwriter Aret with husband Stephen Komlosy.

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