Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday joined entertainers in paying glowing tributes to the late filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah, during his funeral held at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

Ugbomah’s remains were interred at his residence at Ilogbo Eremi, Badagry, Lagos.

In his tribute to the veteran filmmaker, Okowa said that Ugbomah’s death came as a shock to the people of Delta.

The governor was represented by the Director of Culture, Delta State Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Friday Anaziah.

“Delta State is proud of our late father in the movie industry because he was able to infuse worthiness in the minds of filmmakers.

“He believed that filmmakers, producers, actors, and actresses were capable of becoming millionaires at a time when the society was looking down on them.

“He stayed and remained consistent in his chosen career. Today filmmakers and producers can put up proposals worth millions of naira unlike what obtained back in the days,” Okowa said.

Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Adedayo Thomas, said the deceased was an activist for the true expression of humanity.

Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Tony Okoroji, said that the late Ugbomah was not a coward because he represented the industry well by speaking the truth.

A veteran musician, Teemac Omatshola, said that he was not impressed at the crowd of people that came for Ugbomah’s burial because he was a man of significant status.

“I had to fly in from abroad to be here because that is the kind of respect you give a colleague that had contributed to the development of an industry,” he said.

The deceased’s son, Ndidi Ugbomah, said he would always remember and appreciate the great moments he shared together with his late father.