Popular Nigerian Filmmaker, Jeta Amata, has through a recent Facebook post, celebrated the giant strides of Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Founder of the Africa Film Academy, curators of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) on her contributions towards the growth of Filmmaking in Africa.
In the piece, which was neither a birthday message nor any celebratory felicitation, Jeta Amata describes Peace Anyiam-Osigwe as the ‘Matriarch of Nollywood’ who deserves to be celebrated everyday, adding that the industry will ‘forever owe her.’ He wrote:
“Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and I were having lunch in Berlin in 2004 while at the Berlinale, it was one of Nollywood’s first major showcase at the international stage. At one point while she talked, all I could think about was her wit. I told her I was going to make a film on 35mm that year even if I didn’t know how to finance it at that time, and her words of encouragement empowered me to see that dream come to reality. At that same lunch was when she told me she was finalizing plans for the setting up of the Africa Academy Movie Awards. Peace is not just special, she’s insightful and Nollywood will forever owe her. I had written her a personal message, but I feel it pertinent to celebrate her publicly. Peace, you’re the Matriarch of Nollywood.
“I know it’s not your birthday, but you do deserve to celebrate everyday for what you’ve achieved.”
Peace’s role in taking Nollywood to the global stage cannot be overemphasized. Under her Africa Film Academy, over 20,000 African youths from Nigeria, Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana, Zimbabwe and more have been trained in filmmaking.
She founded the globally acclaimed film ceremony, the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2005. It has been consistently and uninterruptedly held for the past fifteen years in different African countries and has succeeded in putting the African film industry in the global map for films.
The last event was held in the Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda on 20th October, 2018. The night gathered stars under one galaxy, as there were celebrities from different part of Africa, including men and women in politics, business and education.
The 2019 AMAA events are now lined up, beginning with a workshop for the training of young filmmakers and AMAA Road shows in South Eastern, Nigeria.