Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar has described Mrs. Amaka Igwe nee Eneh who passed on yesterday in Enugu as a jewel of the Nollywood industry.
The former Vice President made the assertion yesterday in a tribute to the Nollywood writer, producer and director of distinction.
In a statement by his Media Office in Abuja yesterday, Atiku expressed shock at the demise of Mrs. Igwe Eneh, who was a major player in the Nigerian movie industry.
Atiku recalled that Mrs. Igwe’s first major production, “Decrees of Fate” won four awards at the National Festival of Television Programmes in 1988. “Amaka (Igwe) was one of the pioneers of the movie industry. Her presence in Nollywood grew to become quite impressive as she amassed a number of well received movies,” Atiku said.
He said that the versatile artiste organized the annual BOB TV film festival and was noted for productions, which included “Rattle Snake” and “Violated” that dwelt heavily on contemporary family issues.
According to him, her long-running TV drama serial “Checkmate” and the sitcom “Fuji House of Commotion” regularly held families spellbound.
He said that it is to the credit of people like the late Amaka Igwe that the movie industry has continued to play crucial role in the economy of the country both in job creation and revenue generation.
The Turaki Adamawa expressed his condolences to the Igwe and Eneh families and friends and associates of the deceased in particular members of the Nollywood.