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Veteran filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah, bedridden…cries for help

Veteran filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah, is yet to receive the necessary support which he pleaded for to receive treatment abroad.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Ugbomah wrote 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.

A Zenith Bank account was set up in his name for donation; however, it is not known how much had been raised.

President Muhammadu Buhari had congratulated the ace cinematographer when he clocked 78 on December 19, 2018.

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.

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