Veteran Nollywood filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah, is bedridden and has cried out for help from Nigerians.
Eddie Ugbomah in a Facebook post earlier today, revealed that he is yet to receive the support which he pleaded for to receive treatment abroad., stating that he was still in need of urgent medical treatment.
The 78-year-old had called the nation’s attention to his frail health in October 2018 with revelations that he was suffering from high blood pressure and complications in his nerves.
The case of the former chairman of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) is made worse by the lack of basic infrastructure in Ilogbo Eremi, the suburb where he lives in Lagos.
“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,” Ugbomah wrote at the time.
The filmmaker had intended to raise N50 million from the sale of his intellectual property to cover for his medical bills but it did not materialise.
Born in 1940, and brought in Lagos, Ugbomah attended St. Matthias School, Lafiaji and City College, both in Lagos State, before going to London for further studies. While in London he had a stint with theatre and the movies before branching off into show business.
Among his films are: The Rise And Fall Of Oyenusi, 1977; The Mask, 1979; Death Of The Black President, 1983; Vengeance Of The Cult, 1984; Esan, 1985 and others. He is also known to be the only Nigerian who has shot films in Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and English. Eddie, as he is popularly called, recently said his new book comprise his life in the country, UK and USA.