An Exhibit showing notable notable films produced by Eddie Ugbomah
Eddie’s dexterity in filmmaking was fanned by the statement made by late American actor, Charlton Heston during the premier of Ben-Hur, an American epic historical drama film at the Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos Nigeria.
According to Eddie, Charlton said it was a shame that Nigeria (in 1959) had no film industry. That challenged the 18-year old Eddie Ugbomah to pitch a career in filmmaking. The desire to pioneer a film industry that will tell the Nigerian story by a Nigerian to Nigerians led to the formation of Edifosa Film Enterprise, Eddie’s film production outfit.
Eddie makes film to correct, analyse and criticize the society while maintaining its entertainment function. His films touch on cultural, social, economic, political and historical subject within the Nigerian context.
Eddie Ugbomah's films are highly didactic, enlightening, thought provoking and most especially daring! Majority of his films were culled from real issues and events.
Eddie is one of the few Nigerian filmmakers who has remained relevant in the industry despite his age and time spent in the industry - 51 years and counting.
Eddie produced The Mask (1979) as a response to the Britains refusal to return the masks during FESTAC 1977 with reasons that the ivories were too delicate to be returned back to Nigeria.
Eddie used the film as an exposition to Nigerians by recalling the history behind the capture of the Benin Masks after the defeat of the Benin Kingdom by Britain in the late 1890s during the reign of Oba Ovaranwen.
Major Obi (played by Ugbomah himself), the hero of this film, embarks on a secret mission to London to organise a break in of the British museum to retrieve the mask and return it to Nigeria. He receives training in military tactics, and on reaching London (where most of the action is staged) he confronts series of obstructions and attacks. The protagonist eventually escapes and plans another attack from his hiding place.
The film drew inspiration from the happening in Nigeria in the late '70s and '80s. It was a time prevalent with corruption and nepotism. Boy is Good was drawn from the real experience of one of Eddie Ugbomah's friend who returned to Nigeria with Masters and Doctorate degree but could not get a job as a result of tribalism. Out of frustration, this fellow took to advanced fee fraud and a lot other vices just to make ends meet.
Eddie Ugbomah is a film maker driven by the desire to use film as a social communication tool to effect change by exposing the ills in the society, correcting these ills and educating the audience in the process.
Eddie’s films are essentially woven in the rich tapestry of Nigeria’s social-political and cultural context.
Curator- Rita Moemeke
Coordinator - Patrick Enaholo
Films - Eddie Ugbomah
Media - Edifosa Film Enterprise, Funnelme, Wikipedia, Reuters, Nigerianmonitor