Amaka Igwe has joined the league of Nigerian heroes who have been celebrated by Google doodle. Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. Other Nigerians who have been featured on the platform are Buchi Emecheta, Samuel Okwaraji, Christy Essien Igbokwe, Chinua Achebe, Olaudah Equiano, Stephen Keshi, Flora Nwapa, Stella Adadevoh and Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.
Doodle dates back to 1998 before Google was even incorporated. The concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.
Amaka Igwe was a Nigerian filmmaker and broadcasting executive. Igwe was the owner of Top Radio 90.9 Lagos and Amaka Igwe Studios. she was recognized as one of the second-generation filmmakers who helped begin the video film era of Nigerian cinema. She remained a prominent figure in the industry until her death in 2014.
She hit national limelight as the writer and producer of award-winning TV soap ‘Checkmate’ and its offshoot ‘Fuji House of Commotion’. Her Nollywood projects include Rattle snake and Violated, which set Amaka Igwe Studios apart in the Video film era of Nigerian cinema.
In 2011, Nigeria recognized her substantial efforts and immense contributions to the creative industry by awarding her with the Nigerian National Order of ‘”MFR,” which stands for “Member of The Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The Doodle was created by New-York based Nigerian designer, Data Oruwari.