The founder of the Africa Movie Academy Awards(AMAA), Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, is dead.
The news of her death was confirmed in a statement released by the family on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
A statement signed by the Anyiam-Osigwe Family reads;
Peace Maria Ogechi Anyiam-Osigwe: 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)
Peace, 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. Peace left indelible imprints on the sands of time.
We as a family and clan will continue to 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.
We will miss the love and companionship we shared with her and we pray “that your Chi guides you on the path to God’s everlasting love into the light of his consciousness.”
We also pray God our Father of all mercies grants 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.”
Until her death, Ms Anyiam-Osigwe was reputed to have directed the first music video of the hip-hop singing duo, P-Square.
In 2012, she was bestowed a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to the entertainment industry.
She had a degree in Law and political science from Oxford Brookes University.
In 2005, Ms Anyiam-Osigwe founded the Africa Film Academy, which governs the AMAA film ceremony.
At the 10th edition, she stepped down as CEO of AMAA. In 2015, she began the Africaine initiative to commemorate Africans in the entertainment industry.
In 2020, she emerged as the National President of The Association of Movie Producers (AMP).
Her last public appearance was in December 2022 at the unveiling of AMAA’s calendar for its 19th edition at the Radisson Hotel in GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.
At the occasion, the late filmmaker unveiled the plans and activities ahead of the 19th edition of the continental film awards.
She also announced a call for entry ahead of the 2023 edition of the AMAAs.