Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic Others Pay Tribute To Icon Amaka Igwe

Nollywood actors have put up posts mourning and paying tribute to late Mrs Amaka Igwe.

Following the death of prolific director, Amaka Igwe, tributes and condolence messages have flooded cyber space even as Nollywood heavyweights such as Genevieve Nnaji, Stella Damasus, Rita Dominic and several others have taken to social media to express their grief at the passing of the late icon.

Amaka Igwe, who passed away last night after an asthma attack while on location in Enugu, would be best remembered for her immense contribution to Nollywood with such classics like Checkmate, Violated, Rattle Snake and so on.

Check out reactions from Nollywooders below:

Genevieve Nnaji

"This is the darkest day of my entire career. That i believe sums up how i feel right now. Your legacy will live on Aunty Amaka. I promise you"

Kate Henshaw

"A great woman who dared where men tread has passed on! RIP aunty Amaka!!! Our Prayers are with you Uncle Charles"

Stephanie Linus

"I am still in shock! Oh! How we have lost a great one! Rest In Peace Amaka Igwe"

Don Pedro Obaseki

“Tears rain down. Rest in Peace, Great Amazon. Rest. We Won’t Miss you, because everywhere we turn in Nollywood, we see you! We feel you, Amaka! I remain your friend, even in the afterlife!”

Stella Damasus

“She has gone home. God rest her soul. For the rest of us here, well I wonder what the future holds or how long we have. I would rather spend each day working towards my salvation. Death does not have a clock.RIP aunty Amaka. I just can’t understand this. Too painful to even begin to think about it. My prayer goes out to uncle charles and the children.“

Doris Simeon

“It came as a rude shock! I haven’t been opportune to work with her but I admire her from distance and what she does. Nollywood has lost one of her icons.“

Andrea Chika Chukwu

“I have no words to express how I feel right now Why!! Why!! Why!! All I hear is silence!!“

Pascal Amanfo

“Icon..legend…pioneer…trail blazer…whatever name best fits…she brought flames to television…made careers..institutionalized nollywood…reaffirmed our faith in creative ingenuity… From Ann Haastrup in Checkmate to Ahanna in Rattle Snake and Peace in Fuji house of commotion…Amake Igwe was the master of character reality… Sleep on Ma…Some of us found the courage to dream because of you…“

Alex Eyengho

“Why should the great Amaka Igwe bow to death now? A substantial part of Nollywood and the African motion picture industry is dead with her sudden demise. She was indeed the Duchess of Nollywood. She never did any business outside Nollywood and the Nigerian entertainment industry generally. She gave the industry her all.  As Madam Chair of the Nigerian Entertainment Business Group (NEBG), she worked tirelessly to reposition the industry. It will be hard for any female Nollywood practitioner to step into the big shoe Amaka has left behind. Her departure is a colossal loss not just to her family but to Nollywood, the entire Nigerian entertainment industry and Nigeria as a nation. She must be deservedly mourned along these strata,”.Rita Dominic

“Your body of work will be an inspiration to many generations.. Adieu Aunty Amaka till we meet to part no more.”

Lala Akindoju

'We have lost an icon... A teacher, she taught everything i know about acting for screen. I have never heard of method acting till i met Amaka Igwe ... This is hard..very hard # gone too soon.."

Rest in peace Amaka Igwe, Nollywood will miss you as will entertainment lovers too!

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