Abuja - Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said Nollywood star Amaka Igwe who died in Enugu on April 28 was a jewel of the movie industry.
Atiku, a chieftain of APC, made the assertion in a statement issued by his media Officer, Paul Ibe, in Abuja on Tuesday.
In the statement, he expressed shock at the demise of Igwe, a major player in the Nigerian movie industry, a writer, producer and director of distinction.
The statement recalled that Igwe's first major production, "Decrees of Fate”, won four awards at the National Festival of Television Programmes in 1988.
"Amaka 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. Amaka Igwe`s long-running television drama serial Checkmate and the sitcom Fuji House of Commotion, regularly held families spellbound.’’ the statement read.
It added that it was to the credit of the likes of the late Igwe that the movie industry had continued to play crucial role in the country's economy.
The statement expressed condolences to the Igwe family and associates, particularly members of the Nollywood.
Amaka Igwe died after an asthma attack. She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Charles Igwe, three children, and an aged mother.
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