Itâ€™s time to celebrate life, and the Amata dynasty is not blinking at all. OnÂ Thursday, May 20, the dynasty rolled out drums to celebrate the life and achievements of aÂ womanÂ who has given soÂ much to the development ofÂ the nationâ€™s entertainment industry.
Mama JoyÂ Amata, mother ofÂ the ace-producer, Zack Amata, actor Fred Amata, Ruke, and actress Eloho turned 80 years on Thursday, and her children and great grand children, including Jeta, Viefe and child actor, Orva as well as their friends and well-wishers deemed it important to raise in celebration of their beloved mother and grand mother.
An actress in the past and wife to John Amata, the dynastyâ€™s founder, and a famous Nigerian playwright and actor in his own right who died in 1997, JoyÂ was born on May 20, 1930, and having made her own impact on the sand of time, sheÂ now leans back to savour the accolades her children get as they carve their own niche in the entertainment industry.
The celebration of her 80th birthday kicked off on Thursday with a thanksgiving service which will be followed by the celebrantâ€™s grand visit to orphanage homes in Lagos, slated for the 29th of May. Thereafter, the grand reception for the octogenarian actress is scheduled to hold the same day, at the Banquet Hall of the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu.
Mr. Elkanah O. Mowarin, the National Coordinator/Executive Director, Proudly Nigerian, a body that is responsible for celebrating Nigerians both at home and diaspora, described Joy Amata as â€œa woman who is worthy of celebration.â€
According to him, the event, put together by the Celebrities United-Nigeria, will a witness among other things, a deluge of activities which will help to open a new vista for Nollywood.
The grand reception, he said, will witness series of events, including an award giving ceremony to Ma Joy for being the proud mother of the movie dynasty in Nigeria as well as a fund raising occasion to set up a foundation in her honour.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Fred Amata said mama Joy remains a source of inspiration to her all children and great grand children.