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Producers of Ebola Movie “93 Days” respond to Dr Adadevoh’s Family Claims

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It was revealed this week that the family of Ebola hero Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh‘s family was opposed to the upcoming “93 Days” film and are currently considering legal action – Read Here.

The producers of the movie have now responded.

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We hereby categorically and strongly deny all the allegations contained in the recent press statement released by one Dr Ama Adadevoh, who claims to be acting on behalf of the Cardoso and Adadevoh families. The said allegations are not only untrue they are malicious and scurrilous and a calculated attempt to sabotage our feature film, “93 Days”.

93 Days is not the biopic of any one individual and has never claimed to be the story of Doctor Stella Adadevoh. Whilst that in itself is a strong story, we found it more compelling to tell a story that celebrates many of the heroes of the fight against Ebola. These include the doctors, nurses and staff of First Consultant’s Hospital, the employees of the Lagos and Federal Ministries of Health, corporate and individual Nigerians who rose to the challenge of fighting the scourge as well as the WHO team that came in to help at the risk of personal injury and even death.

For us, this presented a more universal story of human courage, dedication and sacrifice that may inspire our great country and its people. Ours is a pride story that shows Nigeria at one of its finest hours and casts our country in a positive light around the world. To ensure the universal appeal of the film we enlisted, at great cost, Nigerian and International actors to feature in the film. Amongst these were Danny Glover, Keppy Ekpeyong and Bimbo Akintola.

We want to state plainly that we do not require anyone’s consent to make the film as we have a constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of speech and expression. Besides, the matters portrayed in the film were derived from facts that are well within the public domain and those facts which were not already publicly known were provided to us by those privy to the said facts. For instance, we obtained additional information from interviews with the survivors of those who lost loved ones, volunteer doctors and nurses as well as officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

To honor those protagonists of the Ebola story it was essential for us that the film be, as much as possible, an accurate, genuine and sincere record of the facts relating to the country’s efforts to fight the disease. In fact, that was the only way of doing justice to those brave individuals (and foreigners) who had given so much in the service of the country.

To this end and contrary to the allegations contained in the press statement released by Dr Ama Adadevoh, we enlisted the help of the Adadevoh and Cardoso families from day one. They gave their comments on the script and their amendments were incorporated into the final script. Further, the late Stella Adadevoh’s son, Bankole Cardoso, consented to the making of the film and to being portrayed in the film. Not only did he consent, he was kind enough to provide us with information concerning his late mother’s actions during those trying times. The facts provided by him proved useful in the development of the script and we have his interview on film should anyone require further proof. In essence, the story of Dr Stella Adadevoh depicted in the film was obtained partly from facts provided to us by the Adadevoh and Cardoso families and more importantly by her son, Bankole Cardoso.

We are aware that Dr Ama Adadevoh and certain elements within the family are involved in another film project on the Ebola story and are attempting to derail our film in the misguided belief that to do so would ensure the success of their film. It is plainly wrong for these people to try and monopolize the Ebola story exclusively for themselves by trying to prevent the making and release of a film that so many of the people concerned have supported and contributed to.

Our film features many of the people who were in the vanguard of the fight against the terrible disease. Many of these people lost loved ones and made other sacrifices still unknown to a majority of Nigerians. They have supported the film and want their story told and it is only fair that their stories are told.

In light of this, we fully intend to tell their story! In doing so we refuse to be bullied or cowed by empty, petty and ridiculous threats based on false and trumped up allegations.

12 Comments

  1. December Wind

    January 7, 2016 at 8:47 am

    If this is true , then it’s really sad .After leaving behind a great legacy and dying as a hero , making your family name a force to reckon with … someone in the same family would choose to dent it out of greed .. This is really sad!

  2. December Wind

    January 7, 2016 at 8:57 am

    But then again , Mr . producer , if this movie is solely about Ebola virus and celebrating all the heroes involved as claimed , why did you specifically have the name Dr.Amayo Adedevoh on that cover ?

    • Ni Ne

      January 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

      That will most likely be a promo cover. They most likely will have other covers featuring key characters in the movie

    • S!

      January 8, 2016 at 12:03 am

      That’s Bimbo Akintola not Dr Adedadov

  3. Anon

    January 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

    This is now the other side of the story and is quite believable. If the son granted the movie makers an interview then there was some sort of if not full consent. This Ama Adadevoh is looking for trouble now all because of her own ulterior motive. Nigeria and drama. I tire. I hope this type of bad blood and drama won’t chase other international movie makers from Nigeria. When will Nigerians rise above petty and pecuniary concerns and think of the greater good? God help us.

  4. Get off social media.

    January 7, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Could we please have a moratorium, an end to all these brickbats, squabbles and dirty fights on social media? Can we please make it a law to restrict such things to court cases and adverts and interviews in print media? Perhaps then, the complexity, length and cost of the process, for the former, and cost for the latter (by the time they have to shell out hundreds of thousands for a full-page ad) will dissuade parties involved and encourage them to seek less acrimonious and more private, more mature, instead of all this washing of dirty linen and uncovering of nakedness in public just because its easier and costs nothing. If it’s not baby mamas and papas (and Uncles), it’s award shows, it’s movies, it’s ENOUGH! What a way to start the year.

    Let their legacies not be tarnished any further, please. Especially Dr, Adadevoh and all the other dead (and some unsung and unknown) heroes. Allow the dead to R.I.P.

    • molarah

      January 7, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      National Assembly said ‘let’s pass social media bill’, you people said no…

  5. Shameless

    January 7, 2016 at 10:33 am

    These folks (i.e. the Producers of the movie) do have SHAME! Money money money, leave the woman’s memory alone and let her rest in peace, wetin?!

  6. Shameless

    January 7, 2016 at 10:38 am

    *do NOT have SHAME

  7. Anike

    January 7, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    The proceeds should benefit some selfless cause. If you’re going to make money off someone’s story, then at least do it with dignity.

    • molarah

      January 7, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      That’s not how it works.

      The actors and actresses spend a significant portion of their time, energy and emotions into making a film – they should get paid.

      The crew members bring their time, talent and technical expertise together to make a good picture – they should be compensated.

      The people whose lives are being portrayed get to share their real stories and pass a strong message to other stakeholders and the society about their experiences – that’s a win for them.

  8. Nizzo

    January 8, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Nigerians are particularly petty and glaringly childish on issues walai. The Ebola story is a collective story, The family coming up with such bogus claim is tantamount to saying Newspapers and Blogs should not mention late Dr. Stella Adedavoh in their publications, until permission is granted. I mean is like saying the film about the RMS Titanic depicted in the movie Titanic should not be told until all the deceased families are consulted.
    People Just bad bellying the epic movie “93 days”!!

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