Veteran filmmaker and former Chairman of the Nigerian Film Corporation, Chief Eddie Ugbomah, has died in a Lagos hospital on Saturday.

A member of the Save Eddie Ugbomah Soul Committee which has been trying to raise fund for the treatment of the Delta State born filmmaker, Mr Shaibu Husseini confirmed the news to eelive.ng

A statement by signed by Husseini reads as follows: ” 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 78, was known to have produced and directed films which were social commentaries on contemporary issues of the period. After his return from the United Kingdom where he had studied and worked, Ugbomah produced and directed The Rise and Fall of Oyenusi, a movie about a notorious armed robber that terrorised Lagos shortly before then. Some of the other films to his credit include The Mask, Death of the Black President and Oil Doom amongst others. He was appointed chairman of the NFC in 1988.

The late filmmaker, who has been bedridden for a couple of months, was scheduled to undergo surgery for which a group of practitioners and family members had initiated fund raising moves without much response lately. The Nigerian film industry will miss Ugbomah bold, confident and activist voice. May his soul rest in peace.