By Owen Àkeñzua, Asaba
Vice-Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor of Delta, Sen Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has commiserated with the Anyiam-Osigwe family and Nigeria’s creative industry over passing of veteren movie maker, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe.
Anyiam-Osigwe, founder of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and President, Association of Movie Producers (AMP) died on Monday at a Lagos hospital after a brief illness. She was 53.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika in Asaba, Okowa said that the passing of Peace Anyiam-Osigwe was a great loss to Nigeria’s creative industry given her invaluable contributions to the industry as a trailblazer and visionary leader in the film and television industry.
He remarked that the deceased was an authority in filmmaking and had left indelible imprints on the sands of time.
“Her passing at this time when the Delta State Government had just completed and awaiting inauguration of the Asaba Film Village, a world class facility for movie makers is indeed, a big blow to the industry.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I commiserate with the Anyiam-Osigwe family of Nkwerre, Imo State Government, Association of Movie Producers and the entire Nollywood and entertainment industry on the death of renowned filmmaker and founder of African Movie Academy Awards, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe.
“She was indeed a household name and a pride of Africa. She will be greatly missed by movie lovers and it is my belief that the late Anyiam-Osigwe will be long remembered and honoured for her rich contributions to the training and empowerment of young people in the creative industry,” Okowa stated.
He prayed that God would grant eternal rest to the soul of the departed Anyiam-Osigwe and comfort her family and all who mourn her.