Amaka Igwe

Biography: Amaka Igwe is a Nigerian writer, director and producer and owner of Amaka Igwe Studios. She is a visionary and pioneer of modern Nigerian TV and movie production. She has stamped her authority, thanks to numerous roles she had played in the Nigerian home video industry, known as “Nollywood”. Some of her popular productions include Rattle Snake, Violated, Checkmate and Fuji’s House of Commotion. She also organises a TV market annually: Best of the Best TV (BOB TV), the regular fora she holds for filmmakers to share ideas and critically assess their productions. Amaka Igwe graduated from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife with a B.Sc. in Education/Religion. Sometime in the 1980s, after watching some episodes of the Lola Fani Kayode production Mirror in the Sun, she conceived the idea for a script about an all-conquering heroine like the legendary Queen Amina in a stage format. That idea blossomed to become Checkmate, a soap dwelling on issues such as male chauvinism, polygamy, secret cultism and the Osu caste system. It is regarded by most as the best soap opera of the 90’s era and still evokes feelings of nostalgia among viewers.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Barber’s Wisdom (2001).

Violated (1995);
Rattle Snake (1995);
Rattle Snake 2 (1995);
Violated 2 (1996);
Rattle Snake 3 (1999);
A Barber’s Wisdom (2000).