Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Breaking News: Amaka Igwe Dies at 51


Nigeria's gifted film producer, Amaka Igwe has passed on at the age of 51.

The death of the Nollywood icon comes as a shock to colleagues, friends and members of her family.

According to the spokesperson for Amaka Igwe studios, her tragic exit happened in Enugu where she and her husband had traveled to make arrangements for the pre-production of a new soap opera they were working on.

"She suffered an asthma attack and was immediately rushed to the hospital after initial interventions had failed. She passed on before getting to the hospital’, the statement read.

Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. In the United States, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma. About 7 million of these people are children.

Mrs Igwe is survived by her husband, Charles Igwe whom she had been married to for 21 years, three children, an aged mother, siblings and a large extended family.

She would be remembered for her works as a film producer, director, writer and accomplishments as a Nollywood practitioner.

She became popular for her works as the writer and producer of award-winning TV soap ‘Checkmate’ and its off shoot ‘Fuji House of Commotion.’

She was also involved in Nollywood projects like Violated and RattleSnake.

Amaka Igwe studied Education/Religion at the University of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) and had a Master’s Degree from the University of Ibadan.

She had her early education at All Saints School (Now Trans Ekulu Primary School), Girls High School Awkunanaw, Enugu and Idia College, Benin.

From OAU, Mrs Igwe signed the MNET short celluloid film ‘Barbers Wisdom’ as director and then proceeded to the University of Ibadan where she grabbed a master degree in Library and Information Services. She married her longtime partner Charles Igwe in 1993. They had three kids together – Ruby, David and Daniel. She worked as a lecturer at the Anambra State University of Technology and briefly in oil and Gas, before settling for the motion picture industry.


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By: SAMOD BIOBAKU

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