On Thursday, 2nd January 2020, Late Nollywood filmmaker, Amaka Igwe, was honoured with a Google Doodle on her 57th posthumous birthday.
A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of Google’s homepage logo meant to commemorate special holidays, events, achievements and notable historical figures.
The doodle was used to celebrate late Igwe’s contributions to the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, on her posthumous birthday.
Amaka Igwe was a Nigerian filmmaker, broadcasting executive, and the owner of Top Radio 90.9 Lagos and Amaka Igwe Studios. She was recognised as one of the second-generation filmmakers who helped begin the video film era of Nigerian cinema.
Here is a brief story on who Igwe is;
Uzoamaka ‘Amaka’ Audrey Igwe was born on January 2, 1963, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Her interest in performing arts started at an early age during her A-Levels at Idia College, Benin.
Here, she started writing plays, songs, organized her school’s variety shows, taught performance dance like the Atilogwu dance – a traditional dance done by Igbo youth.
In 1994, Igwe created her first television series screenplay, “Checkmate,” which is arguably still the best Nigerian soap opera of the 1990s.
She was inspired after watching some episodes of the Lola Fani Kayode production “Mirror in the Sun.” This led her to create a show with a heroine like the legendary Queen Amina that tackled issues like male chauvinism, polygamy and secret cultism.
Next, she made her directorial debut with the feature film “Rattlesnake.” This was followed by films like “Violated,” “Rattle Snake 2,” “Violated 2,” “Rattle Snake 3,” “Forever” and Forever 2.” This was all done from 1995 to 1999. Igwe then directed an MNET short celluloid film called “Barbers Wisdom” in 2000.
In 2001, nearly seven years after her first series ended, she wrote, produced and dominated the Nigerian TV industry with a spin-off – “Fuji House of Commotion.”
Sadly, Amaka passed away after an asthmatic attack in Enugu state on April 28, 2014. At the time, the filmmaker was working on pre-production preparation for a new Igbo soap.