While we were all wowed by the 14th Annual Africa movie Academy Awards that held in Rwanda over the weekend, we can’t help but give accolades to Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, MFR, the creative Brainiac behind the globally recognised AMMA Awards event.
Peace is a Nigerian filmmaker with a degree in Law and political science from Oxford Brookes University, an entertainment executive, lawyer, philanthropist, author and founder of globally recognised Africa Movie Academy Awards that has for 14years now honoured and promoted excellence in the African movie industry as well as united the African continent through arts and culture.
Serving as a voice to the voiceless right from her youth, at 16, she published her magazine called “Clicks”, to accommodate the black population in England. She is an author of written poetry with three books to her credit. Her works are centred on advocacy for social causes.
In the 1990’s she hosted a talk show called “Piece Off My Mind.” which discussed societal issues that people weren’t normally free to talk about, like the African cast system, child trafficking and women equality. She also portrayed these themes in her movies.
In 2012, she was bestowed a Member of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to the entertainment industry. In 2015, she began the AfricaOne initiative to commemorate Africans in the entertainment industry.
Utilising AMMA, she ran a CSR called Africadopt, a project to get people to do virtual adoptions, in which they financially support a child in an orphanage. She also started the African Cinema Film Fund to provide grants for filmmakers who don’t have the initial capital to make a movie.
Peace has devoted her resources to building cinemas throughout Africa especially in rural and low income urban areas and even though she resigned as the CEO of AMMA 4years ago, we can’t help but give her all the respect she deserves!