Peace Anyiam-Osigwe has passed away
Founder of African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), she was an important voice in the Nigerian film and entertainment industry
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, a lawyer by training and CEO of the African Film Academy and founder of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), has a grassroots view of the purpose of Nollywood: to make films for the masses, not the elite. As she points out in the film, This is Nollywood, “what you have to remember about this society is that there are people in Africa who live on one dollar a day and these are the people that really watch these films.” During the 2015 AMAA gala, she underscored the importance of looking outward to the Global African diaspora: “Black people are everywhere…there is no need just to sell what you have here. When you go to the Bahamas, when you go to Barbados, when you go to Haiti you are going to see Nigerian movies.”
The goal of the African Film Academy is to ensure that there is training and funding for filmmakers in order to produce films so that the world may have a positive view of Africa.
Dorothee Wenner’s Nollywood Lady, features Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, as they navigate through Lagos, the capital of this vibrant, dynamic and dramatic moving-image phenomenon.