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Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh’s family consider Legal Action against “93 Days” Ebola movie

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93-Days-Bimbo-AkintolaThe family of modern Nigerian hero Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh who helped prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus around Nigeria have spoken out about upcoming movie “93 Days“.

The movie which features leading Nigerian and international stars is set to be released this year.

Adadevoh against 93 DaysIn a letter shared with media, the family stated “The Adadevoh and Cardoso families have not consented to the use of the Stella Adadevoh’s name, likeness or image for commercial profit. The families intend to hold the filmmakers legally accountable for any falsehoods and innuendos in the movie, 93 Days with regard to Dr. Adadevoh and her family.”

Definitely a dicey situation as the filmmakers maintain that the movie is “dedicated” to Dr Adadevoh and her great legacy while the family is clearly unhappy.

BellaNaijarians, what are your thoughts?

29 Comments

  1. Chi

    January 5, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I think the right thing would have been to inform the family before they started anything, that’s if the movie is indeed dedicated to her. For Christ sake who dedicates anything to anyone without informing them early enough.
    Also, it seems to me that whatever is contained in that script is the Writers little knowledge of Dr. Adedevoh and co, which is just insufficient and will not do any justice to the roles they played in the whole Ebola story.

    • Alice

      January 5, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Informing the family ‘early enough’ is completely different from obtaining their consent.

    • Xtophar

      January 5, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      They needed and still need the family’s consent; the family did not and does not need the “information”. It’s clear that there were no interviews with family members or inquiry into the life of the real Dr. Ameyo. So this is purely a work of fiction but using real names??? It’s just wrong!

  2. Tee

    January 5, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Is it by force to release a movie? The filmmakers should do the needful- sit with the family, obtain their consent to produce a movie in honour of their wife/ mom/ sister and obtain the true accounts of her life and what they would like to make public. Is that so difficult to do? It’s sad enough that her life was lost in such circumstances, painting a picture of her which is not entirely true (according to the statement above) is more disheartening.

  3. beauty

    January 5, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Adadevoh family is it that deep?

    • TF you mean

      January 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      cant believe you are saying this but ,yes it is that deep.

    • Opinion

      January 6, 2016 at 12:52 am

      Beauty…..your comment is ugly….and insensitive.

  4. daisy

    January 5, 2016 at 10:05 am

    They need to allow this woman actually Rest in Peace.

  5. Dr. N

    January 5, 2016 at 10:19 am

    This is d height of it. They cld have just released a movie about d ebola crisis without calling her name

  6. prince

    January 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    In as much as the movie is based on Dr Adadevohs legacy the film-maker needs her families consent if they’re using her name or real pictures but if her pictures aren’t going to be used I don’t see any need for their consent.

  7. xplorenollywood.com

    January 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

    This is where research is really important. Right you are, they could have had a story about ebola, look at it from some other angle and shoot. But since they wanted it about her, the writer as well as the production team should have spoken to the family first, start investigation and research and then prepare the script so that it aligns with their investigation and her person. What they have done is putting the cart before the horse. Write the script, talk to the family, then shoot with or without their consent. I will keep my fingers cross for them, they have definitely wasted the time of the production team, cast and crew though.

  8. Ephi

    January 5, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    It’s probably all about making money for the filmmakers and not that they really give 2 cents about Ebola or any of the people who passed on. The family has every right to contest this.

  9. Ephi

    January 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    This is the legacy of their mum at stake here so yes it is that deep!

  10. Blue

    January 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Here we go again….Nigerians writing, producing and showing a movie…..all in a few months. Why cant they do deep research? why can’t they sit with the family of the heroine they are trying to depict and even go as far as daily participation in the lives of her family, at least, to have a feel of what the Dr would and wouldn’t do in different circumstances.
    Cant they learn from block buster moviess like Titanic, Avatar and the like…..that took about 10 years or more to make.
    There is no way they wouldn’t misrepresent the late Dr and all she stood for, without proper research….glad the family voiced their opinion..

  11. bruno

    January 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    FANTASTIC.

    parents of the ALUU 4 victims should also sue the producers that made that useless ALUU 4 movie. I havent watched the film but I saw the poster and I screamed in horror. it was not even up to 1 month the aluu 4 incident happen and theres already a nollywood movie about it.

    even the chibok girls. all the parents of the girls should gather together and sue the producer of the movie. I saw the poster also and I was shocked. on the poster it read “there is god oh”

    nollywood, u people will learn by force. nonsense.what a shameless industry thats why nobody takes nollywood actors and actresses seriously.

    • Xtophar

      January 5, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Nollywood don jam “akowe” family this time. Hehehehehe

  12. semesee

    January 5, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    BOYCOTT! Yes that would send a message to the film producers who do not respect the legacy of this hero and others who paid the ultimate price to stop the spread of ebola in Nigeria.

  13. Anonymous

    January 5, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I so much appreciate the fact that they are speaking out. Nigeria is such a country that people do whatever they like without minding the implications or what effect such actions will bring on the other party. My very good friend who happens to be one of the survivors and the fiance to the supposed late nurse was not even informed and his full names and that of his fiancee was used in the movie without their prior knowledge. Very unfair and I am glad the family of Adadevoh is speaking up.

    • Xtophar

      January 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Other families should join as well! It’s so irking!!!!

  14. Xtophar

    January 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    God bless you ojere! Is it that difficult to do what is right?

  15. ATL's finest

    January 5, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    When trying to make movie gone wrong smh. Nigerians & their stupid ideas when it comes to making movies. Everything they wanna turn it to business E.g. ” The Chibok girls” that movie wasn’t called for either

  16. nene

    January 5, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    i’m sorry but the film is dedicated to her memory. they never said it was a true life story. i don’t think it’s that serious. they could easily have used another name as the main character, all they should’ve done was to change the name but i guess its a marketing technique. i don’t think it’s a serious issue.

    • Osigbangba

      February 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      But the bottomline of it is profit in the venture. So the film makers ought to have seek the consent of the deceased doctor’s family. You can’t do such in America without facing legal sanction.

  17. nene

    January 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    i’m sorry but the film is dedicated to her memory. they never said it was a true life story. i don’t think it’s that serious. they could easily have used another name as the main character, all they should’ve done was to change the name but i guess its a marketing technique. it’s not like the movie is named after her, like the case of the aluu 4 or chibok girls movie. i don’t think it’s a serious issue.

  18. Opinion

    January 6, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Nene….your comment is unbelievable. No wonder our society is so messed up. We don’t even have a clue on how to respect boundaries…..how dare you trivialize something that changed the lives of these people forever? You make it look like they’re doing her a favor when it’s really about them and their profit making. How uncaring of you. The characteristics of a backward nation reflects in the little things we take for granted or trivialize.

    If they really cared for her legacy, how hard is it to carry her family along?

  19. Shina

    January 6, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    The family should have been consulted

  20. Radiant

    January 7, 2016 at 10:53 am

    It breaks my heart that the family of the deceased was not properly consulted. The deceased’s death is certainly not an event the family enjoyed and so respect and compassion is required from anyone trying to ‘honour her’.

  21. Anonymous

    January 7, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Hmm, while I have absolutely no connections to anyone involved in the making of the movie. I think it is rather obtuse of anyone as most of you have done to simply jump into all manner of conclusions without evening knowing the other side of the story. That someone who claims to be speaking on behalf of the family makes this sort of allegations -which would obviously whip up sentiments from you lot – doesn’t mean you should swallow it hook, line and sinker. Be quick to listen and slow to speak. There’s a great deal of wisdom in that.
    They just might be trying to pull a fast one.

  22. Dave

    February 4, 2016 at 7:20 am

    movie makers may have see the serious consequence. As it directly and specifically relates to the doctor. Its not a good practice done by the movie makers.

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