Veteran Filmmaker Eddie Ugbomah Dead at 78

Chief Eddie Ugbomah, a Nigerian veteran filmmaker, has died in Lagos. He was 78.

Ugbomah, who was scheduled for a surgery in a Lagos hospital on Monday, died on Saturday afternoon in the same hospital.

His death was announced by Shaibu Hussein, a member of a fundraising committee set up for his treatment. Hussein posted on Facebook : “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 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.”

Chief Ugbomah, born December 19, 1940, directed and produced films such as “The Rise and Fall of Oyenusi” (based on the career of a notorious robber) in 1979, “The Boy is Good”, and “Apalara” (a film about the life and murder of Alfa Apalara in Oko Awo, Lagos).

He was appointed chairman of the Nigerian Film Corporation  in 1988.

Chief Ugbomah was born in Aboh, Ndokwa East, Delta State, but he grew up and lived in Lagos.

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