Peace Anyiam-Osigwe Biography, Age, Husband, Death, AMAA

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, previously Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima MFR (born 30 March) was a Nigerian filmmaker and entertainment executive who has been called “the queen of Nollywood films”.

She founded the globally acclaimed film ceremony, the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), also known as the ‘Oscars of Africa’.

Anyiam-Osigwe pioneered the screening of Nollywood films at international film festivals. She directed the first music video of Nigerian hip-hop sensations, Peter and Paul Okoye, popularly known as P-Square.

The late creative received a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic award by the Nigerian government for her contribution to the entertainment industry.

She died on January 9th 2023 after falling into a coma on the 7th of January at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos.

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe Biography

Peace was a visionary and catalyst. She started her career as a writer and had her first work published at the age of nine in Punch, a national newspaper in Nigeria.

In pursuing her need for creativity, she continued her writing whilst in an English boarding school and penned her first book titled, Teenage viewpoint.

As a writer, Peace was regarded by the late Robert Maxwell of the Mirror Group Newspapers in the United Kingdom.

She published her first magazine called Clicks at the age of 16, and subsequently shot her first short film.

PMO, as she was fondly called, was one of African film’s leading proponents in the relative industry. Having started at such a young age, she was at forefront of the process to develop the film industry in Africa, creating several national and pan-continental programs and initiatives to bridge Africa’s film-making communities and financial sectors.

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

An experienced producer and filmmaker, Peace chaired the African Film Academy(AFA) and was the founder of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). Since its inception, AMAA has grown in the past decade into the premiere award program for African film.

Peace became a Ted fellow in 2010. She also served as a jury member for various international film festivals, including the Berlin and ION film festivals. PMO was a founding member of the Africa International Film Festival and is a frequent commentator and speaker on African film and culture.

She was extremely instrumental in the careers and mentoring of many young creatives including the Nigerian Pop Duo P-Square.

As an all-rounded creative, she had three poetry books to her name and acted in a publishing capacity for many authors including Oji Onoko’s Glimpses of our stars.

Education

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe holds a BA in Law & Political Science from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford and is a member of the Honourable Society of Inner Temple of Barristers, both in the United Kingdom.

Family

PMO was the only daughter of African Sage, Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe.

Her brother, Michael, was the coordinator general of the Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation, a non-profit organization that gives back to Nigerian society. He was also director of the Africa Institute for Leadership Research and Development and the consul general of Malawi to Nigeria. Michael died in 2014.

Michael Anyiam-Osigwe

Her mother, Dorothy Chinyere Anyiam-Osigwe is a recipient of the Officer of the Order of the Niger honour by the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo for her philanthropic activities in Nigeria.

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe Husband

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and her husband divorced in the late 2000s. According to her, she walked out of her marriage because she has a desire to tell herself the truth.

In an interview, Peace said even though she still respects and adores her ex-husband, she needed to call it quits because “at a point, we needed to go our separate ways.”

Awards

In 2019, Peace received the African Film Pioneer Award at the African Film Festival, TAFF.

She was also a recipient of the UNESCO’s African Vision Award for Innovation at the 60th edition of Cannes Film Festival in France, among other awards.

Source: Nigeriabombshell.com

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