Popular Nigerian filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah, passed out at a private hospital in Lagos at the age of 78. 

Popular Nigerian filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah, passed out at a private hospital in Lagos at the age of 78. 
Eddie Ugbomah

Popular Nigerian filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah, passed out at a private hospital in Lagos at the age of 78.

“I have the permission of the Chair of the Chief Eddie Ugbomah Medical Fund Committee Alhaji Adedayo Thomas (DG, NFVCB) to announce the news of the passage into eternity of the Veteran Filmmaker Chief Eddie Ugbomah, OON.

Veteran Filmmaker, died around 1:00pm. today 11th May 2019 at the hospital where he was planned to undergo a surgery on Monday. Ugbomah’s termination has been confirmed by the Chairman of the Eddie Ugbomah Medical Fund Committee, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Director-General of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB). Chief Ugbomah was a Nigerian film director and producer. He directed and produced films such as the Rise and Fall of Oyenusi in 1979, The Boy is Good and Apalara, a film about the life and murder of Alfa Apalara in Oko Awo, Lagos. The plots of some of his films are slackly based on real life events; The Rise and Fall of Oyenusi is based on the career of a notorious robber, Ishola Oyenusi. Ugbomah is a native of Ashaka Aboh in East Ndokwa Local Government Area of Delta State, but fortunately grew up in the Obalende and Lafiaji area of Lagos. He was educated at St Matthias, Lafiaji, Lagos and City College school. But travelled to London for his college education and attended different colleges studying journalism, drama and later film. After his studies, Ugbomah worked with BBC and also played minor roles in Dr. No, Guns at Batasi and Sharpeville Massacre.

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Chief was a member of an Afro-Caribbean drama group and directed some of the group’s plays such as This is Our Chance, a play staged at the Stoke Newington Theatre Hall. He returned to Nigeria in 1975 and got involved in concert promotion before begining Edifosa, a film production company. Ugbomah’s films usually focus on contemporary, social and political issues.

Ugbomah as the lead actor. In 1979 he produced the Mask whose storyline is based on looting of Africa’s artefacts by colonizers and the mission to return those artefacts to Africa. In The Mask, Obi, the lead character, played by Ugbomah intended to sneak into the British Museum to steal the Benin ivory mask and return it to Nigeria. Few reviewers have equated the Obi character to James Bond. In the early 1980s.

 Ugbomah produced films like Oil Doom, Bolus ’80 and The Boy is Good.

Later in his career Ugbomah turned to Yoruba video films. he was appointed chairman of the Nigerian Film Corporation.

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