Apart from being a writer, producer and director, she was described as a game changer, a visionary, a female giant and an intelligent inspiration to all female moviemakers by Nollywood colleagues. Amaka Igwe impacted many lives; she had a wonderful spirit and never hesitated in assisting upcoming scriptwriters even young adults and students. She was the founder of BOBTV expo, a television programme expo with the aim of structuring the exchange of quality TV content in Nigeria. As well as being the CEO of Top Radio 90.9FM, Amaka Igwe Studios and Q Entertainment Networks which was planned to come on DSTV platform as a channel, she made plans to improve the Igbo film industry. Snatched away by asthma which could have been averted if quick medical attention was given, Amaka Igwe’s works live on. The whole movie industry and the society at large no doubt will miss a rare gem, one of the greatest pioneers of the industry and an intellectual who with her humorous Fuji House of Commotion and award winning soap Checkmate held families and viewers spellbound. All tributes, comments in death and the awards received while on earth are not enough to console for your loss Amaka Igwe. But you definitely live on in the hearts of many and we hope the legacy you built and left behind is followed. May your soul continue to rest in peace.
BY OLUWAPONMILE ORIJA
As a teenager, I grew up on Fuji House of Commotion. Week after week, it was a delight to watch Chief Fuji and his harem of wives and children. It was a delight to allow them tickle me into delirious laughter. This is the memory that I have of Amaka Igwe. The director behind that house, behind many things in the Nigerian film industry. Her light shines on through her work!
BY TEMITAYO AMOGUNLA
I remember being asked recently about people who I would like to interview. I had a long list and you were on it. When I think of women in Nollywood, your name easily comes to mind. I know I could have hustled and tried to get your email or contact details to interview you but I believed that I had time. In fact, I remember making a mental note to find a way to let you know when we featured Amaka Igwe Studios in our Top 5 list of Nigerian production houses. I never got round to it. Years ago, I heard about a screenwriting programme you were organising, I wasn’t ready then. When I was finally ready, I made the phone call and I was told it was a full time programme. I hoped that the weekend option would emerge soon enough. You stood for quality. You stood for excellence. You stood for us women. With you around, it was okay to believe that as a woman you can succeed in a traditionally male dominated industry. Again, I planned on writing a book focussing on the work we women are doing in Nollywood, your name again was on my list. Thank you for giving us a template with sopas like Checkmate and Fuji House of Commotion. Thanks for not resting on your oars and dreaming big. Production studios. A radio station. A TV network. A magazine. Yes, I remember reading TMC Box Office and I daresay, it sowed a seed in me on the need to promote our own box office and its talents. I know you would have been very proud of us here at Nolly Silver Screen and would have words of wisdom and encouragement for us. Even if we never hear your voice again or see your face, your spirit lives on in the works you have left behind and most importantly, the lives you have touched knowingly or unknowignly. Rest well Nne.
BY ISABELLA AKINSEYE
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