Months after battling with health challenges, foremost Nigerian movie producer, Eddie Ugbomah has died at 78. His death was announced in a statement on Saturday, May 11, 2019 by arts/film journalist, Shaibu Husseini.
“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,” the statement read.
His failing health issue was brought to the fore after he posted a message on Facebook that he has high blood pressure and was dying in October 2018.
“I am seriously down with 205/190 BP, no road, no light, no clinic and I am dying. What a shameless country. The nearest clinic is 5 miles away. The town in Ilogbo Eremi off Badagry exp road,” He wrote.
He was transferred to a hospital in Yaba for further treatment by the Executive Director of NFVCB, Adedayo Thomas. Subsequently, Ugbomah was admitted into Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi-Araba area of Lagos courtesy the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC).
All efforts to raise N50 million from the sale of his autobiography, ‘Eddie Ugbomah by Eddie’ to cover for his medical bills in January 2019 proved abortive.
The former chairman of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) was a holder of the national honour of Order of the Niger (OON), Ugbomah’s works include ‘Rise and Fall of Oyenusi,’ ‘Oil Doom,’ ‘The Boy is Good,’ ‘Death of the Black President’ and ‘Apalara.