DOCTORS' STRIKE CAUSED AMAKA IGWE'S DEATH –HUSBAND
Fresh facts have emerged over the death of foremost Nigerian film maker, writer, and television drama producer, Mrs. Amaka Igwe, who passed on Monday night in Enugu.
Narrating how his wife died, Mr. Charles Igwe, the husband, said: “They were in her home town in Enugu preparing for her new soap, and Amaka was taking some of the people through acting when she had an asthma attack. After using inhaler without success, she was taken to a nearby hospital, but they were told that the doctor was not around..
They then went to the teaching hospital in Enugu, where they were again told that the doctors were on strike. It was while they were taking her to another hospital that she died.” The husband disclosed this while receiving delegates from the national executive of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) who paid him a condolence visit.
NANTAP President, Babatunde Obalana snr., who led the delegation, while commiserating with the family, described the late Amaka as an institution, an epitome of excellence. “Honestly, I am still in shock.
Her death is one death that is numbing, confusing, you just can't understand. The only way I have been able to rationalise it is perhaps God needed a director in heaven and He had to pick the best – because Amaka was top of the class, a fantastic wife, a devoted and caring mother, a supportive friend, very loyal, trustworthy and honest almost to a fault.
“As far as honesty is concerned, I know not many directors who are that honest, extremely brilliant, and all her creative works speak for her. She broke several records. Today, she remains the biggest female director in this industry.
“She is an institution of creative abundance, talent, intelligence, potentialities. She remains an epitome of excellence in its entire ramification; very stylish, and when you see her productions, you can only doff your hat for her. She does her research. I took part in a film she produced that dealt with drugs; and I know what she made me go through to be able to enact those roles.
That is her for you.” Other members the delegation are former NANTAP president, Biodun Abe; Director of Business NANTAP (national), Deji Etiwe; Mr. Nifemi Richard Bruce, Mr. Charles Ukpong, Mr. David Ebi Prebai, Ms. Bukky Ogunnote, Describing Igwe's death as a monumental tragedy, Abe said he however thanked God for her because she lived a very wonderful life.
Ms. Bukky Ogunote in her speech, described Amaka Igwe as one person who was always there to render help to people. “She was always there with a listening ears; she is someone that did not like people to be idle, especially the female folks.”
Source: New Telegraph