By BENJAMIN NJOKU
FILM makers from the eastern part of the country under the aegis of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Nollywood, ONN, yesterday, declared one-week to mourn the demise of a frontline film producer and director, Amaka Igwe who died on Monday night at the age of 51.
Mrs Igwe who produced the popular TV series, ‘Checkmate’ and ‘Fuji House of Commotion’ passed on in Enugu, Enugu State on Monday following an asthma attack.
In a statement by its president, Nze Harris Chuma, the body directed its members to observe a week mourning period in honour of the deceased which commenced since Wednesday, April 29, and is expected to end on May 6, 2014.
According to Nze Chuma, “Amaka Igwe was instrumental to the success of Nollywood brand that we are feeding on. From the fillers I have gotten so far, film makers from the Igbo extraction are complying with the directive, especially those of them who are based in Port Harcourt, Enugu and Asaba.”
Film producers and directors
In the same vein, Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State, yesterday, expressed shock at the sudden demise of one Nigeria’s best known film producers and directors.
The Governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Chukwudi Achife, described the late Mrs Igwe as an icon and pacesetter in the Nigerian movie industry whose pioneering works had inspired many and brought glory to the nation.
He said, her death at the prime age of 51, will leave a huge vacuum in the industry where she had excelled with uncommon vigour, creativity and diligence.
Chime extended his sympathies to the deceased family and the nation’s entertainment community asking them to take solace in the enduring legacies that she left behind.