Multiple industry sources confirmed in Lagos last night, 9 January 2023, that beloved Nollywood producer, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, is dead.
UPDATED: Her family issued a statement today to announce her passage and the plans to immortalise her.
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UPDATED: Born on 30 March 1969, the lawyer, filmmaker and philanthropist died yesterday at 52.
She was founder of the well-received Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) that honours practitioners in the industry.
Reports said she was rushed to St. Nicholas Hospital Lagos last Saturday where she remained in coma until her passage yesterday.
Although her family is yet to make a formal announcement, two industry personalities separately spoke on her passage.
Before they spoke, most of her colleagues maintained that she was in an intensive care unit at the hospital.
Respected movie maker, Zik Zulu, broke the news on a Nollywood platform. Her family confirmed her passing, he said in a post.
“Our President, Peace, has passed. As of Saturday, she was reported to be in a 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,” he wrote.
Another award-winning producer, Obi Emelonye, escalated the information from the platform to the social media.
UPDATED: Her death has provoked an outpouring of sadness and emotion among industry players whose lives she touched. Read some of the touching tributes here.
Her life and works
Easily one of the most prominent figures in Nollywood, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe served the industry as President of the Association of Movie Producers.
Filmmaker, lawyer and philanthropist, she was born into the prominent Anyiam-Osigwe family of Nkwere in Imo State.
Her family runs the equally famous Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation.
Her AMAA creation is a topnotch movie awards celebration in Africa devoted to rewarding Africans in film-making.
She stepped down as CEO of the awards on its 10th edition, and later took up the presidency of movie producers in 2020.
Anyiam-Osigwe also launched AfricaOne initiative to honour Africans in the entertainment industry.
In her career, she initiated over 100 projects aimed at improving the quality of films produced in Nigeria. Her tenure was also devoted to building capacity through workshops and seminars.
The industry recognized her contributions with the African Film Pioneer Award at the African Film Festival (TAFF) in 2019.
She was also rewarded by her country Nigeria with a national honour award as Member of the Federal Republic (MFR).
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe is dead