Hall of Fame Fallout: Eddie Ugbomah Fumes

Contrary to people’s expectations, Chief Eddie Ugbomah, is not rejoicing over the realization of his Music/Movie Makers Hall of Fame Gallery which was recently launched at the National Arts Theatre with  23 deserving Nigerians inducted.

The gesture which is worth N100m is the first of its kind and another giant stride by the legendary entertainer. 

But unfortunately, it is not yet Uhuru for the well-versed, all-round and widely-travelled ex-boss of the Nigerian Film Corporation. This is because, much as his clarion call on many to witness the event was well answered, only a few of them did the needful.

“I appreciate the presence of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode albeit he was represented. He was inducted as a Patron and Fellow. He made a donation promise like Mr. Bolaji Rosiji. But the Information and Culture Minister who was also represented, was more interested in singing my praises as an achiever than offering any assistance. Maybe he will do it later,’’ he lamented.

He wondered why an event that is not political, tribal or religious should not be supported to help move the showbiz sector forward at a time it is generating a lot of exchange for the country. “This is a national structural institute that belongs to Nigeria as a whole,’’ he revealed.

He was however grateful that the venue, the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu-Lagos, was filled to capacity by dignitaries and others drawn from different walks of life. “Those who expected it to be a flop were shamed at the end of the day,’’ vintage Eddie snapped.

All the same, Chief Ugbomah who asked if Nigerians would like her to see her strike a deal with to either America or UNESCO if he is denied the desired support, said that his love for fatherland will not allow that. 

So I am also calling on the industry’s big players to join forces and donate massively to its upkeep too. We need a home to preserve the portraits and their support will surely augment whatever comes from government because it belongs to all of us. They should wake up to salvage the centre of history for the industry,’’ he concluded.  

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