The Nigerian entertainment industry was thrown into mourning following the death of famous African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Founder, and Africa Travel 100 Award Winner Peace Anyiam-Osigwe.
A statement issued by the Anyiam-Osigwe family in the early hours of Tuesday confirmed the death of the entertainment aficionado.
The family described the late filmmaker as “The Ada of the Anyiam-Osigwe family, was an outstanding personality, trailblazer, titan, pathfinder, go-getter, humanitarian, one-of-a-kind creative, and visionary leader in the film and television industry.”
It said Peace left indelible imprints on the sands of time adding that she was an epitome of creative transcendence.
“The Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe clan in thanksgiving to God and in the belief that God is good and everything He does is good and in accordance with His divine will, pattern and plan, announce the passing to eternal glory of our illustrious beloved daughter, sister, aunt and great aunt Ms. Peace Maria Ogechi Anyiam-Osigwe (MFR).
“We as a family and clan will continue do all that is necessary to ensure that her legacy lives on – the Africa Movie Academy Awards and the Africa Film Academy, along with their training programmes across Nigeria and the African continent will carry on seamlessly by institutions she set up and with the full support of the Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation and other Institutions and Government Agencies with whom she has worked over the years. Her numerous charities across different religious denominations and other communities will also be continued.”
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“We will miss the love and companionship we shared with her and we pray “that your Chi guide you on the path to God’s everlasting love into the light of his consciousness.”
“We also pray God our Father of all mercies to grant you eternal rest in his heavenly kingdom where his perpetual light will continue to shine on “We believe you are alive in the life of God because as our father said “ALL IS LIFE AND LIFE ALONE”. And you continue to live in the hearts of all who love you.
“The family will announce the details of her rites of passage in due course.
“Meanwhile, the Family respectfully asks, at this time, for the public to respect the privacy of the family as we contemplate God’s love for his children”.
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe (MFR) holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Political Science.
(Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK) and a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple for Barristers.
Peace Anyiam-Anyiam-Osigwe who is also the Chief Executive of the Africa Film Academy curator of The Africa Movie Awards (AMAA) the Premier and globally renowned Reward Platform for the African and African Diaspora Film Industry.
She pioneered the screening of core Nollywood films at international film festivals.
The Africa Film Academy runs full year training workshops across the African continent. The Academy has trained more than 10000 youths specifically with over 5000 in the core Niger Delta of Nigeria comprising of Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, and others in parts of Nigeria. Other youths have been trained in GHANA, Malawi, South Africa, Rwanda, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Togo and Kenya.
Film in a Box is the curated training program developed by Africa Film Academy. In 2019 they launched the Grand East Film and Creative Festival which took place in Enugu. Peace is a talk show host, has produced over twenty films.
She is also an author of written works including poetry and has three books to her credit.
2020 became the President of the Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria with membership strength of over 5,000 Producers. She is also the chairman of the ministerial committee on the Motion Pictures Practitioners steering Committee.