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Comeback Diminas Dagogo fights HIV/AIDS through film

By Benjamin Njoku

Diminas Dagogo, who was part of Nollywood at the wake of the success of the phenomenal, “Living in Bondage”, but had to disappear into thin air when the ovation was loud has staged a comeback to the industry.

Dagogo, reputed to be the first makeup and special effect artiste to have spurred interest in that aspect of motion picture practice in Nigeria has been living with his family in Germany since 18 years ago. He’s currently in the country, where he’s putting plans together to premiere his comeback advocacy movie, “Stigma” in the country.

HVP caught up with him during the week, where he expressed his genuine intention to return to Nollywood. According to Dagogo, whose first major outing as a make-up and special effect artiste on the movie scene was in Opa Williams’ “Onome”and later “Last Believer”, his film, “Stigma” is his contribution to the fight against stigmatization with people living with HIV/AIDS.

The film tells the story of a mother and daughter, who contract HIV from the kind of job they do as traditional birth attendants in a village. Ibiso and Vanessa were then ostracized by family members and community to die. Ibiso could stand the stigma, loneliness, financial constrain and she dies. But Vanessa fought stigmatization, rejection and triumphs over death.

Until he relocated to South Africa, and later Germany, Gogo, as he’s fondly called by his admirers, remained the most-sought after make-up and special effect artiste in Nollywood. The University of Port Harcourt-trained technical revolutionalized the makeup and special effect aspect of filmmaking.


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