By Kemi Yesufu
Nollywood is starting the year on sad note as one of its torch-bearers and founder of the prestigious AMAA Awards, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe is dead.
Vanguard reports that gave up the ghost at St. Nicolas Hospital, Lagos after being in a coma since Saturday.
Her family has also issued a statement announcing her passing.
“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 the eternal glory of our illustrious beloved daughter, sister, aunt and great aunt, Ms. Peace Maria Ogechi Anyiam-Osigwe (MFR),” the family said in a statement.
“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”, the statement further read.
Veteran movie maker Zik Zulu Okafor had announced her death expressing sadness over it.
“Our President, Peace, has passed. As at Saturday, she was reported to be in coma at Saint Nicholas. But now her family has confirmed her transition. May the memory of her life be a blessing. Rest in peace, dear Peace”, she was quoted as saying.
Peace’s death means an abrupt end to some of her dreams. She revealed in an interview with Guardian that she stepped aside from AMAA to mentor young people using the AFRICAONE platform.
“I have started working with young people to encourage a new generation of film makers and creative people,” she said. “I am also working on the issues of piracy and distribution; I plan to find a way that does areas which would help all forms of creativity are restricted and develop a better creative industry. Piracy is a big issue for me and the other side of me, being a lawyer, has me looking at hat other enforcements that can be made to curb it, trying to make the government in Africa look at a bigger penalty for the issue of piracy is something we are working on”, she told Guardian.