That veteran filmmaker, Chief Eddie Ugbomah has been critically ill and needs urgent medical attention is an established fact.
However, Shaibu Husseini has shared an update on the movie maker’s illness;
“I was with Chief Ugbomah yesterday as I promised. Although he is not looking too good but everything is being done to get the filmmaker on his feet again.”
“But I must thank the dependable and “talk na do” Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Adedayo Thomas for the decision to move Chief out of his Ilogbo residence, first to a location on the Mainland and to a medical facility on V/Island where he is currently been attended to, pending full diagnosis and possible referral.”
“I must also thank the able President of the Association of Movie Producers, Ralph Nwadike and his secretary, Foster Mykel Parish Ajaere, President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria, Mr. Fred Amata, presido “emerituses”: Mr. Fidelis Duker and Mr. Obazele Paul and several others who are rallying round to ensure that help comes for the ailing grand old man of moviedom.”
“There was a useful meeting that was held at the hospital today and I shall not hesitate to break the outcome of the meeting. But Chief Ugbomah said thanks to all those who responded and are still responding to his message for help.”
“I share a picture I took with him yesterday. I actually got his children to dress him up and we lifted him to sit so we can take this pix. Pardon that I was smiling while he was in pain. We joke a lot so I was trying to crack him up so he doesn’t get depressed. But God will heal Chief and send more help to him in Jesus name. Amen.”
For those who don’t know, Chief Eddie Ugbomah produced films such as; The Rise and Fall of Oyenusi in 1979, The Boy is Good and Apalara.
He is a native of Aboh in Ndokwa East Local Government of Delta State. He grew up in the Obalende and Lafiaji area of Lagos. He was educated at St Matthias, Lafiaji, Lagos and City College school. He travelled to London for his college education and attended various colleges studying journalism, drama and later film.
After studies, he worked with BBC and also played minor roles in Dr. No, Guns at Batasi and Sharpeville Massacre. He was a member of an Afro-Caribbean drama group and directed some of the group’s plays such as This is Our Chance, play staged at the Stoke Newington Theatre Hall. He returned to Nigeria in 1975 and was involved in concert promotion before starting Edifosa, a film production company.