President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday joined the entertainment industry, particularly movie makers, in mourning the passage of veteran filmmaker, Chief Eddie Ugbomah, who died at 78.
The president condoled with family, friends and associates of the ace actor, director and producer whose contribution to the development of the country’s film industry remains indelible, starting out early with studies and training in London, before returning in the 70’s to promote drama and movies.
He said Ugbomah was not only a gifted story teller but a social commentator and activist, as the themes of his stage and tube presentations explored narratives that directly impacted on many lives and advocated better government policies and programmes.
The president said the deceased, who served as cairman of Nigeria Film Corporation, understood film as a veritable tool for communication, and used it positively for national development.
He prayed that God would grant Ugbomah’s soul eternal rest and comfort his family.