Tributes Pour in for Late AMAA Founder, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

The founder of African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is dead at 54.

The death of African Movie Awards founder, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe has thrown the Nigerian Movie Industry in state of mourning. Peace reportedly died on Jan. 9 at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, after she fell into a coma.

A statement issued by the Anyiam-Osigwe family, titled “Peace Maria Ogechi Anyiam-Osigwe: An Epitome of Creative Transcendence” described the late filmmaker as “an outstanding personality, trailblazer, titan, pathfinder and visionary leader in the film and television industry.”

Following the announcement of her death, tributes have poured in for the “the queen of Nollywood films” as she is popularly called from colleagues. Rita Dominic wrote “We have lost an enigma, an icon, a trailblazer. We have lost a sister. We have lost the founder and director of Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA). It is so difficult to say goodbye. It is so difficult to write RIP underneath your picture. This isn’t a good start to the New Year but who am I mere mortal to question the Almighty.”

She continued “Your contribution to the growth of Nollywood and African cinema will never be forgotten. You empowered so many creative in Africa through your platform including me. Thank you for all sis…thank you. Adieu till we meet to part no more…”

Toyin Abraham wrote “Goodnight ma’am @digitalpmoglobal you chatted me on Thursday just to encourage me and told me you will pop champagne for me. You told me I’m so hardworking and focused. I know heaven gained an angel. Thank you so much ma’am and I promise to always be focus and continue to be own competition. Goodnight mama.”

The Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu through a statement mourned the passing of Peace. He described her “a reliable partner in the Entertainment and Tourism pillar of our greater Lagos agenda.”

His statement reads partly “Peace Anyiam-Osigwe’s death will leave a vacuum that would take some time to fill in the creative industry. I pray that God will grant the late Peace Anyiam-Osigwe eternal rest and grant the family, colleagues and associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

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