Nollywood film director Reginald Ebere is dead… Here are things to know about him

 Nollywood film director Reginald Ebere is dead… Here are things to know about him

Renowned figure in the Nigerian film industry, Reginald Ebere, known for his contributions as a director and screenwriter in Nollywood, has passed away. The sad news was confirmed by Perekeme Odon, the National Secretary of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN). 

Ebere, who gained acclaim for his work, including the screenplay for the 1999 blockbuster “Issakaba,” breathed his last on a Sunday, leaving behind a legacy that enriched the cinematic landscape of Nigeria.

Ebere’s health had been a concern for several years, with reports indicating that he had been facing challenges for a significant period. In 2018, he suffered a stroke while on set in Enugu, marking a turning point in his health battles. 

Despite his resilience, the filmmaker remained off the radar for six years due to his deteriorating condition. His absence from the public eye underscored the severity of his health struggles, leading to expressions of concern and support from within the industry.

In January, actor Sam Dede brought attention to Ebere’s plight, highlighting the urgent need for financial assistance to cover medical expenses and support his well-being. Dede emphasized Ebere’s pivotal role in the creation of “Issakaba,” a project that solidified his status as a talented storyteller. 

The actor’s impassioned plea resonated with colleagues, prompting Lancelot Imasuen to spearhead a fundraising initiative during the production of the remake of “Issakaba.” Imasuen’s proactive approach rallied support from fellow industry members, who generously contributed to alleviate Ebere’s financial burden.

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The passing of Reginald Ebere leaves a void in Nollywood, as colleagues and admirers mourn the loss of a visionary filmmaker. His enduring legacy will be remembered through his groundbreaking contributions to Nigerian cinema, serving as an inspiration for future generations of storytellers.

Things to know about late Reginald Ebere:

Education: A theater arts graduate from the University of Jos.

Professional Ventures: Founder of The Script Factory and served as the Channel Manager and Head of Production on the Infinity TV platform.

Family: Married to Maureen Ebere, with three sons.

Career Beginnings: Started his filmmaking journey after resigning from Hints Magazine, published by Emmanuel Kachikwu.

Breakthrough Project: Commissioned to write and assistant direct ‘When The Sun Sets’, which aided his entry into the industry.

Launch of Acting Careers: Credited for launching the careers of Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Kate Henshaw, Blossom Chukwujekwu, and Bob Manuel-Udokwu.

Religious Affiliation: Served as a Pastor at Christ Embassy.

Production Credits: Worked on notable films such as ‘Last Burial’, ‘One God, One Nation’, ‘The God to Serve’, ‘Message’, ‘Unwanted’, ‘Last Affair’, ‘Tom and Jerry’, and ‘Venom of Justice’.

Literary Work: Published poet and author of ‘Boundaries of Heaven’, a collection of poems reflecting on Nigeria.

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