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Lights out for Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, AMAA founder

Anthony Iwuoma

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, founder of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), is dead.

She reportedly died at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, after being in a coma since Saturday.

Film maker, Obi Emelonye, had  in a social media post Tuesday morning announced Anyiam-Osigwe’s transition.

“Thank you and good night dada Peace,” Emelonye wrote alongside the deceased’s photo.

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However, the Ayiam-Osigwe family has since confirmed her demise in a statement made out to the media, adding that details of her burial arrangements would be announced in due course.

“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),” the statement said.

“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.

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“Her numerous charities across different religious denominations and other communities will also be continued”.

Ayiam-Osigwe was the president of the Association of Movie Producers and was recently appointed as chairman of the Federation of Nollywood Guilds and Associations (FRENGAN).

According to her, she founded AMAA in 2005 “to start something that separates the best of our filmmakers from the pool, where we can communicate, network, talk about our achievements and really just have fun with black filmmakers around the world.”