By Kunle Adedoyin
Eddie Ugbomah, a veteran filmmaker, is died. He died at 78 years after a long illness.
Adebayo Thomas, Director General of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) broke the news on Saturday.
Thomas is also the chair of the Chief Eddie Ugbomah Medical Fund Committee.
Ugbomah, a National Honour winner, had in recent times, pleaded for help to raise funds to treat a brain ailment.
He was scheduled for surgery on Monday.
In October 2018, his family first sent out an appeal for fundraising revealing that he was suffering from high blood pressure.
There was also an attempt to raise N50 million from the sale of his autobiography, ‘Eddie Ugbomah by Eddie’, in January to cover for his medical bills but it did not materialise.
Ugbomah said he got interested in filmmaking at 17 when Charlton Heston, now deceased American actor, visited Glover Memorial Hall in Lagos.
Heston had said it was a shame in 1959 that Nigeria had no film industry and this led to the formation of Edifosa Film Enterprise, Eddie’s film production outfit.
An Order of the Niger (OON) holder, Ugbomah directed and produced films such as the ‘Rise and Fall of Oyenusi’ in 1979, ‘The Boy is Good’, ‘Death of the Black President’ and ‘Apalara’.