By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
93 Days is one of the most anticipated movies of 2016 but it is safe to say at this point that not everyone would be eagerly waiting with popcorn in hand at the box office when the movie hits the big screen.
A little over a week ago, late Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh’s family (Actress Bimbo Akintola plays Adadevoh in the upcoming movie) released a public statement about their displeasure regarding 93 Days.
The letter which expressed their disappointment at the producers of the highly anticipated feature (for portraying Adedevoh without full consent) received a response from the Producers not too long after.
While Adadevoh’s family believed the movie should not have been made without full rights given from the family, 93 Days producers claimed the movie was not solely about Dr. Adadevoh but everyone else who battled the virus and their courage in ensuring it did not become a national epidemic.
However, one of those people who battled the virus and lived is now coming for the producers.
In an exclusive interview via phone call with TNS, Dennis Akagha, an Ebola survivor who was the fiancé of late Justina Ejelonu who also died from the virus, revealed his disappointment in the Producers who he said did not reach out to him before telling his story.
Dennis who is being played by actor William Benson in the movie stated that he reached out to the Producers after he was shown the poster that had his name on it by a friend but they have up until now refused to respond to him.
Dennis who stated clearly that he has no problem with his story being told because people need to know about the Ebola virus, added that his issue was the Producers of the film going into production, basing a character on him and his name without any form of conversation with him.
He added that if they could go to First Consultant (the Hospital where his late Fiancee worked and contacted the virus) then they could have come to him too.
As for the Producers of 93 Days thinking he wants some sort of financial compensation, Dennis says all he wants is for them to have done the right thing, saying;
You can’t use my personal story to make money for yourself.
And, if everyone on that project was paid (cast and crew included) to portray stories of other people then their aim is commercial and they should know they’re exploiting him and the others by using his life story.
One interesting thing to note is during the phone conversation, Dennis revealed that Nollywood Veteran Ralph Nwadike is in the early stages of getting materials together for his own movie about the Ebola situation in Nigeria and Nwadike unlike the producers of 93 Days have made effort to reach out to him.
Whether or not Dennis wants to take legal actions is still unknown at the moment but we hope the 93 Days producers can make peace with everyone involved because the story has to be told so the heroes can always be kept alive in our memories.