Nigeria: FG Mourns Veteran Filmmaker, Eddie Ugboma
London, May 12, 209 (AltAfrica)-The Federal Government has expressed shock and sadness at the death of veteran movie producer Eddie Ugboma, calling him a worthy pioneer of today’s burgeoning Nollywood industry.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the fact that Chief Ugboma lived a purposeful life and left his footprint in the sands of time is a soothing consolation for all who knew him.
”In his lifetime, Chief Ugboma produced a number of avant-garde movies that blazed the trail and fired the imagination of those who would later become the top producers in today’s Nollywood. In a way, the success of the industry is a tribute to him and his co-pioneers,” the Minister said.
He expressed Federal Government’s condolences to the family and friends of the late film maker and prayed that God will grant him eternal rest and comfort his family.
Veteran filmmaker and TV personality, Chief Eddy Ugboma died in the early hours of Saturday while being prepared for surgery in Lagos.
Confirming his death, a family members who spoke on ground of anonymity said: “It is very true, Daddy is dead! he died this morning.” The response to his plight was try poor.”
Prior to his death, the filmmaker had been sick for months and had gone cap-in-hand begging for funds for his treatment abroad in vain.
He holds the record of the only African to have shot 13 films on celluloid. His filmography includes films like The Rise and Fall of Oyenusi, The Boy is Good and Mr President among others.