Veteran filmmaker, Chief Eddie Ugbomah has died at the age of 78.
He died on Saturday afternoon in a Lagos hospital following a protracted illness, two days before he was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday.
While the actual illness was undisclosed, Ugbomah had said it had to do with the nerves, his ears and brain.
His death was announced by Shaibu Hussein, a member of a committee set up to raise funs for his treatment.
“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,” wrote Hussein on Facebook on Saturday afternoon.
“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.”Several persons in the Nollywood community have expressed their condolences.
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe condoled with Hussein and Paul Obazele, former president of Association of Movie Producers, AMP.
“May the CHI bless all of you who came to his aid at this time and May his family and friends find the fortitude to bear the loss,” she wrote.
Keith Shiri, a programmer at the London Film Festival and collaborator of the Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival (FCAT) also expressed his condolences.“Very sad to hear the Chief’s passing,” he wrote.
“I was honoured to have been introduced to him by the late South African filmmaker Lionel Ngakane in Fespaco in the late 80’s. He was of a generation of filmmakers that paved a way for African Cinema. Let’s celebrate his life and May his work be preserved for future generations. Go well Chief.”
Filmmaker and promoter Mykel Parish Ajaere wrote: “Sad news. Lord lead him through a smooth journey home.” May his soul rest in perfect peace Amen.