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.
Mohammed said in Ugboma’s lifetime, he 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. He attributed the success of the industry to Ugboma and his co-pioneers,.
The minister expressed Federal Government’s condolences to the family and friends of the late film maker. Following a protracted illness, the veteran filmmaker had died in a Lagos hospital on Saturday, 48 hours before a scheduled surgery.
In a 2018 interview with newsmen, Ugbomah had revealed that his illness concerned his nerves, ears and brain.