By BENJAMIN NJOKU
Veteran film maker, and chairman, Board of Trustees of Association of Movie Producers (AMP) Chief Eddie Ugbomah has written an open-protest-letter to the governors of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and his Lagos State counterpart, Babatunde Raji Fashola, expressing his disappointment over the attitude of their aides who are bent on frustrating his moves to meet with them in connection with the celebration of his 50 years as an entertainer.
He writes: It is a National shame and mistreat that the aides to Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State and Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State will deny a living legend like me (Chief Eddie Ugbomah) the celebration of his 50 years in the entertainment industry.
After coming and waiting to meet with the two Governors, as they had personally asked me to, their aides have technically failed to book a date for me to see their bosses. I was told by these men in the Governor’s Office, the head in the Lagos Office, SA, PA in the Governors offices said that they are very busy and have refused to confirm any date for me to see any of the Governors.
The usual proverb or saying that if one door closes, another one will open. The Nollywood delegates led by Zik Zulu Okafor joined by several stars have started plans to celebrate their Icon, legend and Father of Entertainment. This is a man that pioneered World class musical promotion in the sixties and joined to pioneer Movie making in Nigeria after his sojourn in US and Britain.
These aides, says Chief Ugbomah, in a matter of months, will join him in the streets of Lagos and Asaba. Life is a joke, now the situation is being saved by the Old school Musicians, Comedians and selected young stars that will organize the ‘Rumble in Lagos’ Concert.
This is a big example of not relying on our officials for any programme. We thank God as usual that the Presidency has agreed to join in the special celebration. We expect the governors to find out the atrocities their aides commit in their names. Or are these Governors Monsters as the aides are trying to make us to believe?
There is going to be a three-day celebration. Day one – Opening and induction of Music Makers Hall of Fame, the Grand Patron, three Patrons, twenty Post-humonous Musicians and fourty-five living music icons like Ebenzer Obey, Baba Sala, Sunny Ade, Shina Peters, Bongos Igwe, Tee Mac, Danny Wilson, Blackky, Oris Wiliky, Daddy Showkey, Ras Kimono, Onyeka Owenu, and other living Icons. There are going to be 15 comedians led by their Father, Ali Baba, and 10 young musicians would be invited.
So I am using this open letter to appeal directly to my Governor Dr. Emmaunel Uduaghan and my personal friend, Governor Raji Fashola (SAN) to stand up and join this celebration of living Legend and save their names from being dented by their aides. Whatever they give will go to the setting up of an Entertainment Centre for posterity and we must learn to celebrate and appreciate ourselves in this country for Christ’s sake.