Nigerian veteran filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah is dead. He died at a private hospital in Lagos at the age of 78.
The filmmaker is said to have died around 1 pm today, 11 May 2019 before he could undergo a surgery he was scheduled for Monday, as a result of a brain ailment.
He needed N50m for medical treatment. At a point Chief Ugbomah decided to sell his autobiography, films, documentaries and other valuables to raise fund for his treatment. He also sent a ‘Save My Soul’ (SMS) message to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State , where he hails from. Six weeks later, Ugbomah was still unable to raise the required sum. He sold his house and car but still he found himself nowhere close to N50 million.
Eddie Ugbomah’s last appeal was: “Please, don’t let me die like a rat.”
Chief Ugbomah’s demise 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).
The news, ” Eddie Ugbomah is dead ” has brought sadness to some of his colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.
“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,” Shaibu Husseini said