Veteran filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah is dead

Foremost Nigerian movie producer, Eddie Ugbomah is dead.

Eddie Ugbomah has died after battling with health challenges. [Facebook/Eddie Ugbomah]

The late movie producer's death was announced by a movie and arts practitioner, Shaibu Husseini.

In a statement received by Husseini, Ugbomah died on Saturday at about 1PM in a hospital.

The late filmmaker was scheduled for a surgery before his death was confirmed by doctors, Husseini further told Pulse.

I have the permission of the Chair of the Chief Eddie Ugbomah Medical Fund Committee Alhaji Adedayo Thomas (DG, NFVCB) to break the news of the passage into eternity of the Veteran Filmmaker Chief Eddie Ugbomah, OON. The veteran filmmaker died an hour ago at the hospital where he was scheduled to undergo a surgery on Monday. Sad..but we totally submit to the Almighty,” the statement read.

Before his death, the 78-year-old filmmaker has been reportedly lying helplessly in bed for nine months.

In April 11, 2019, Ugbomah called for help over his failing health on Facebook after which the Executive Director of NFVCB, Adedayo Thomas took him out of the hospital and transferred him to anothet hospital in Yaba for further treatment.

Ugbomah first called the nation’s attention to his frail health in October 2018 with revelations that he was suffering from high blood pressure and complications in his nerves.

Subsequently, Ugbomah was admitted into Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi-Araba area of Lagos courtesy the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC). 

In January 2019, Ugbomah attempted to raise N50 million from the sale of his autobiography, ‘Eddie Ugbomah by Eddie’ to cover for his medical bills but it did not materialise.

A holder of the national honour of Order of the Niger (OON), Ugbomah’s works include ‘Rise and Fall of Oyenusi,’ ‘Oil Doom,’ ‘The Boy is Good,’ ‘Death of the Black President’ and ‘Apalara.’

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