By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Two years after she passed, Amaka Igwe is still remembered as one of the greatest Film/TV creators that ever lived.
The reason is quite simple if you ask me, Amaka Igwe is solely responsible for creating some of the strongest characters on Nigerian TV, many of the stars who played those characters are still strongly remembered for them decades later.
Talk about being a beast.
Let’s go through the list…
Chief Fuji (Played by Kunle Bamtefa)
Before any of the big shows on TV right now was Fuji House Of Commotion, a sitcom that kept many Nigerians glued to their TV sets for years and continues to do so whenever it’s on TV. And right in the middle of that sitcom is Chief Fuji, a character brought to life by Kunle Bamtefa and which remains one of the strongest characters on Nigerian TV. Fuji House, as popularly called, is regarded as the pre-eminent Nigerian television family comedy.
Segun Kadiri (Played by Richard Mofe Damijo)
Before he became the object of many people’s fantasies and a Fashion guru on Africa Magic’s Hush, Richard Mofe Damijo played the character Segun Kadiri on Amaka Igwe’s Checkmate for five years.
The character warmed him into the hearts of many
men’s wives and a few people still argue to this day that the actor still carries with him a bit of Segun Kadiri in every role he plays. His performance as Tega in Amaka Igwe’s Violated is somewhat a continuation of Segun Kadiri and it’s one of the most respected playboy performances in Nigeria’s movie history.
The power of a strong character, ladies and gentlemen.
Peace (Played by Ngozi Nwosu)
Probably what makes Peace a memorable character is, there was nothing peaceful about her.
Played by Ngozi Nwosu, this Fuji House Of Commotion character is a favorite for many TV watchers on the huge sitcom. Funny, with a knack for trouble making, Peace ‘unpeacefully’ made our nights for many years. Sometimes, it is hard to remember Ngozi Nwosu in any other role, so much so that people just basically call her Peace when they mean to say Ngozi Nwosu.
Anne Haastrup (Played by Ego Boyo)
Ego Boyo may not be a regular on screen these days, but the actress turned once breathed life into 90s character Anne Haastrup from Checkmate.
Thanks to Amaka Igwe, Checkmate might be long gone but Anne Haastrup still remains one of our favorite TV girl ever. Remember those shoulder pads, her swag? For many years, Anne Haastrup was the reference point for a classy screen girl.
Gbenro (Played by Jude Orhorha)
Think deaf and mute and still hundred percent entertaining on TV ever and see if Gbenro from Fuji House does not come up in your mind’s eye.
You may argue that this character was made interesting by the actor but hey, who made all of that happen? I can’t hear you? Yeah, I thought so too. Many are the tales of people being shocked that Jude Orhorha isn’t really deaf in real life.
Mama Moji (Played by Toun Oni)
Years after we lost talented actress Toun Oni, we cannot but remember the character she breathed so much life into on Amaka Igwe’s Fuji House Of Commotion, Mama Moji. What other TV character has taken English language to the cleaners like Mama Moji in Fuji House of Commotion? Nah, no one.
And Amaka Igwe might be gone, but these characters that still live on and are a reminder of what amazing work she did on Nigerian TV.