Nollywood filmmaker and former chairman of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), Eddie Ugbomah is dead.
The 78 year-old veteran artiste, who had been battling with high blood pressure since October last year died in a private hospital in Lagos on Saturday.
Film critic and journalist, Shuaib Hussein, confirmed this in a statement.
“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.”
Ugbomah, who lived in Ilogbo Eremi, a suburb near Badagry, Lagos cried out for assistance from fans last year and management of NFC, including the managing director, Chief Chidia Maduekwe and the film critic, Hussein had mobilised friends and members of art community to donate towards his surgery. He was later moved to a private hospital in Lagos for more proactive medical attention when the condition was getting worse.
Ugbomah, who was due for surgery on Monday passed away Saturday afternoon.
He will be remembered for his works and passionate love for arts generally. Some of his works include Rise and Fall of Oyenusi, Oil Doom, The Boy Is Good among others.