THE FAITH OF A CHILD
The Autobiography of Patti Boulaye OBE
The remarkable, moving and exciting autobiography from the very talented award-winning singer and actress Patti Boulaye, is published on March 10th. It charts her riveting life story through wealth, poverty and civil war, to show-business stardom and success in Britain and her birth country Nigeria.
Patti’s enthralling life journey which has been written with great candour and integrity, takes the reader through her very difficult childhood, her parents violent divorce, utter poverty and virtual slavery in a backwards town, to wealth in the turmoil of elections in the independent Nigeria and near death in the genocide of the Biafra War.
Her redoubtable mother instilled enormous strength and the love of God in her heart through her own many examples of faith and fortitude. She observed when Patti had grown up, that hers was still “The faith of a child”
At the age of 17, Patti’s life changed when came to London and made her West End debut in the musical “Hair.” She featured in Two Gentlemen of Verona and her first starring role was as Yum Yum in The Black Mikado, blazing the trail for other black performers in the burgeoning British entertainment industry of the time.
After Patti’s starring role in the African movie “ Bisi, Daughter of the River” - the biggest grossing African Movie ever made - she came to prominence as a singer winning the British ITV talent show New Faces, where she made history by becoming the only contestant ever to receive the maximum 120 points from the tough panel of judges.
Patti’s victory on New Faces led to appearances on stage, film and television, including the starring role in “The Music Machine,” Carmen in “Carmen Jones” (The Old Vic and World tour) and Royal Command Performances. In 1984, she had her own series, “The Patti Boulaye Show” on Channel 4.
In the 1990’s Patti retreated from the public eye to devote her energies to her charity work and bringing up her son and daughter.
In 2014 Patti received the Freedom of the City of London and in January 2016 she was awarded an OBE for her charity work in the UK & Sub-Saharan Africa. Patti has built 5 healthcare clinics in villages in Africa and sponsored a school in Lesotho with HRH Prince Harry's charity, Sentebale.
Earlier this year Patti took a journey of a lifetime for the BBC travel documentary series “The Real Marigold Hotel.” The series, inspired by, but otherwise unrelated to the blockbuster film, documented the authentic experience of eight famous senior citizens as they head to India on an experimental adventure. It was an outstanding success and is being shown again on BBC2 in December this year.
Patti has released 9 albums and 25 singles and has recently returned to her great love performing live music with her new show “Billie and Me” in which she parallels Billie Holidays’ life with hers and sings some of the great Billie Holiday songs and some of her own
Patti will be touring this show in the UK in 2017 and the show will debut at The Pheasantry in Kings Road, London on March 9 & 10
The Faith of A Child the Autobiography of Patti Boulaye.
Available £12.99 on Lulu and Amazon UK, $16.41 Amazon and £3.51 on Kindle
Tickets for The Pheasantry are available from; https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/patti-boulaye-billie-me March 2017 or 020 7439 4962 Ticket price: £25
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