Don Pedro Obaseki has expressed his sadness over the passing away of
Amaka Igwe who made Nollywood what it is today. He says Mrs Igwe will not be
missed, because everywhere they turn in Nollywood is a reflection of her. What he said;
January 1963, Amaka Igwe (nee Isaac Ene) may be the singularly most important
WOMAN in the creation & evolution of Nollywood. Starting out as a young
Lecturer Assistant at the then Anambra State University, Amaka Isaac Ene
dedicated her young adult life to the creation of CHECKMATE (a Soap-Opera that
leveraged on the previous success of Lola Fani-Kayode’s MIRROR in The SUN). Her
star actors were the 1st Stars of Nollywood.
Her RATTLESNAKE movie trilogy,
though came out a few weeks after Living in Bondage, was the 1st artistic
success of Nollywood’s videography. With her FUJI House of Commotion, Amaka
redefined the landscape of Situation Comedy on national TV. Married to
ex-banker-turned-Film producer/marketer Charles Igwe in April 1993, Amaka was
Nollywood’s female colossus.
evolve a seismic paradigm shrift in Entertainment Content provision in Nigeria,
the latest being TOP FM Radio, Lagos. Toe-to-Toe with men she stood! In
recognition, she was awarded national honours as Member of the Order of the
Federal Republic (MFR).
Last Night, Amaka Died, still working on a Movie!
Goodnight!! :'( Tears rain down. Rest in Peace, Great Amazon. Rest. We Won’t
Miss you, because everywhere we turn in Nollywood, we see you! We feel you,
Amaka!! I remain ur friend, even in the afterlife! – Don Pedro OBASEKI, PhD
(Enogie-Isi of Benin Kingdom).. Your body of work will be an inspiration to
many generations.. Adieu Aunty Amaka till we meet to part no more.. #Nollywoodmourns