August 15, 2017 – MKO Abiola, Jab Adu & Wole Soyinka Produced One Of The Best Nigerian Movies Ever – Eddie Ugbomah
Nollywood legend Eddie Ugbomah, has decried the failing state of the nation’s movie archives.
In a statement, the filmmaker also questioned a situation where veterans in the Nigerian movie scene are not given the honour they deserve.
Ugbomah, who mooted the idea of a hall in 2004 and held its first Induction of 2006 without any form of support, revealed that he is not daunted by the lack of response by stakeholders.
“We have tried for the past three months; we have couriered several letters to some contributors into the entertainment that are now Senators, Ex- Governors, Ex- Presidents and oil Tycoon yet no acknowledgement. We are appealing to them to respond to our letters by attending the induction night on the 25th August 07 at National Theatre Igamu Lagos,” he stated.
Ugbomah described as painful the fact that that majority of the parasatals have made promises of moral and financial support but up to date the usual recession excuse have not allowed them to keep their promises.
“Most people don’t know that Wole Soyinka made two 35mm movies, Late M.K.O Abiola and Jab Adu produced one of the greatest Nigerian movie, Bisi Daughter Of The River and it is so sad and unfortunate that PHCN made me lose over 800 million naira of my celluloid films, yet I am still single handedly supporting the survival of the Halls of fame,” he further lamented.
He therefore called on the powers that be to acquire his Galleries to save Nigeria the embarrassment of his plan to sell it to UNESCO, FORD foundation, the former owner of CNN or Microsoft Computer owners.
“I will not watch history die as all the above names living or dead Artiste have served this Nation. We are expecting any of the multinationals to please come to salvage and keep the Halls of Fame alive so that our children can have a place to learn about the past Professionals,” he stated.