Filming has officially begun in Nigeria for a feature-length documentary on the life and music of one of Nigeria’s most celebrated singers, Gentleman Mike Ejeagha.
The documentary titled Gentleman is directed by Michael Chineme Ike and produced by Micstreams Productions.
According to Chineme Ike, the documentary will follow the revered folklorist’s music, fame and retirement with interviews from Ejeagha, band members and fans of his music.
“With a career spanning over six decades, the 90-year-old singer and songwriter has been influential in the evolution of Highlife music in Igbo language since the mid-20th century”, Chineme Ike noted.
Over the years, Ejeagha has contributed over three hundred recordings to the National Archives of Nigeria, produced during his fieldwork investigating Igbo folklore highlife music.
Speaking on the documentary’s progress, Chineme Ike shared how Ejeagha’s music impacted his childhood and inspired him to produce the documentary celebrating the legend’s life.
The documentary comes a year after the singer’s deplorable living conditions went viral.
In 2021, a social media activist, Charles Ogbu, called the attention of fans to the deteriorating health and living conditions of Ejeagha. The Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and prominent Nigerians reacted to the call for help.
Nwankwo Emilia Chioma will produce ‘Gentleman’ with Benneth Nwankwo as Director of Photography and Associate Producer.