Amaka Igwe is resting in peace. If there is a fate greater than that for the soul of the woman who gave us Checkmate, Fuji House of Commotion and Violated, she is definitely doing that.
Her impact on Nigerian film and television is immeasurable. And she is one of the few Nigerian heroes who gets something close to her due in her industry. You’d be hard pressed to find a single person in Nollywood who doesn’t acknowledge the lasting effects of her hard work and vision.
But it is never enough. There can never be enough celebration of such a shining light. Which is why we are excited about Tope Oshin’s Amaka’s Kin.
Produced and directed by Tope Oshin, with an illustrious directing career of her own, (the start of which she credits to the advice of Amaka Igwe years ago,) Amaka’s Kin – The Women of Nollywood is a documentary that aims to “chronicle the journey and challenges of the very few female Directors working in the Nigerian motion picture industry popularly known as Nollywood.” On the list of subjects are Mildred Okwo, Michelle Bello, Stephanie Linus, Omoni Oboli, Adeola Osunkojo (who worked on Ndani’s Rumor Has It) and Jadesola Osiberu (who we just love).
No word yet on a release date, but our eyes and ears are peeled.