Today, January 2, 2020, the doodle is celebrating veteran Nigerian filmmaker and entrepreneur, Amaka Igwe who in what could have been her 57th Birthday. Amaka Igwe passed away on April 28, 2014, at the age of 51 in Enugu State, Nigeria. Amaka Igwe’s death was caused by complications from an asthma exacerbation. The famous filmmaker was born on January 2, 1963, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Before her death, Amaka Igwe was a trendsetting filmmaker who produced legacy pictures like the Rattle Snake franchise, Fuji House of Commotion, Checkmate, Solitaire and The Violation franchise.
She also directed M-NET celluloid, Barber’s Wisdom in 2000.
On her legacy as a filmmaker, her Wikipedia page reads, “Igwe will be remembered for raising the bar in movie and TV production in Nigeria, setting, attaining and maintaining high standards with her company Amaka Igwe Studios at a time when Nollywood was not taken seriously, for not conforming to low standards as a means to achieving success and for inspiring many Nigerian movie makers, Nigerians, and the world as a whole.
At the time of her death, the Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Ibadan alumni left behind, her husband, Charles Igwe – whom she married in 1993 and their marriage produced three children.
When you think of Nollywood today, you think of the likes of Amaka Igwe as Nigeria’s first renowned female filmmakers who paved the way for others.