Prolific art director and production designer, Pat Nebo has passed on.
Though not much is known about the veteran’s death, the news was, however, confirmed by an entertainment journalist and lecturer, Shaibu Husseini, who spoke to The Nation correspondent on Thursday, September 14.
The post reads: “I have been reliably informed that foremost Nigerian Production Designer, Pat Nebo is dead. He has been bedridden for a while now. Journey well master of the craft of production design.”
Nebo has spent about 30 years in the Nigerian film industry as an enigma whose worth cannot be downplayed in terms of knowledge and mastery of the craft of production and set designs.
He was unarguably one of the few Nigerian production designers and set directors who ensured every aspect was taken into account when building a realistic set.
The art director began his career in 1993 with his role as a production designer in ‘Ti Oluwa Nile’, a 1993 production.
In the same year, he worked on the two sequels of Ti Oluwa ni Ile.
In 2009, he made his maiden cinema appearance with the film ‘The Figurine’ where he acted as the ‘Marriage Registrar’ and in 2016 in the movie ‘76’ where he acted as Colonel Ali
However, he continued to work as the production designer in several films such as ‘Araromire’, ‘Arugba’, ‘Alero’s Symphony’, ‘October 1’ and ‘Being Mrs Elliot’, including the acclaimed ‘The Milkmaid’, ‘Lionheart’ and most recently in Kunle Afolayan’s movie, ‘Citation’.
He is a recipient of several awards including the 2017 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards for Best Art Director for his work in ’76’.