By Marcus Ikechukwu
The family of Peace Anyiam-Osigwe founder of the Africa Movie Academy Awards has announced her passing.
She died while in a coma at the St. Nicholas hospital in Lagos.
While the news had broken in the later hours of Monday, January 9 of her passing, it could not be confirmed as sources close to the family stated that she was still in a coma.
In an official statement titled ‘Peace Maria Ogechi Anyiam-Osigwe: An epitome of creative transcendence, the family said,
The Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe clan in thanksgiving to God and in the belief that God is good and everything He does is good and in accordance with His divine will, pattern and plan, announce the passing to the eternal glory of our illustrious beloved daughter, sister, aunt and great aunt Ms. Peace Maria Ogechi Anyiam-Osigwe (MFR)
The statement confirming her death said Peace, the Ada of the Anyiam-Osigwe family, was an outstanding personality, trailblazer, titan, pathfinder, go-getter, humanitarian, one-of-a-kind creative, and visionary leader in the film and television industry. Peace left indelible imprints on the sands of time.
We as a family and clan will continue to do all that is necessary to ensure that her legacy lives on – the Africa Movie Academy Awards and the Africa Film Academy, along with their training programmes across Nigeria and the African continent will carry on seamlessly by institutions she set up and with the full support of the Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation and other Institutions and Government Agencies with whom she has worked over the years.
Her numerous charities across different religious denominations and other communities will also be continued.
We will miss the love and companionship we shared with her and we pray “that your Chi guides you on the path to God’s everlasting love into the light of his consciousness.”
We also pray God our Father of all mercies grant you eternal rest in his heavenly kingdom where his perpetual light will continue to shine on
“We believe you are alive in the life of God because as our father said, “all is life and life alone”. And you continue to live in the hearts of all who love you.
It would be remembered that at the 2022 AMAAs, she had concluded her speech with the statement, “see you at the 2023 AMAAs”.
Meanwhile, the family respectfully asks, at this time, for the public to respect the privacy of the family.