The family of the late physician, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, has threatened to take legal action against the makers of 93 Days, a movie dedicated to the memory of Ebola victims and survivors in the country.
In a letter issued by Dr. Ama Adadevoh on behalf of the Cardosos and the Adadevohs in Lagos on Monday, the families faulted some claims by the filmmakers that were reflected in the yet-to- be released movie.
The families claimed that even though the script was given to both families for approval, some aspects of the movie did not represent the true accounts and role of the late physician during the Ebola outbreak.
Adadevoh stated, “It has been brought to our attention that a movie titled, 93 Days, written by Paul .S. Rowlston and produced by Native Filmworks, Michelangelo Productions and Bolanle Austin-Peters Productions, is in works for imminent release. The movie about Nigeria’s Ebola story and “dedicated to” Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh was not endorsed by the family.
“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 Dayswith regard to Dr. Adadevoh and her family.”
The families stated that they were committed to ensuring that the true story that pertains to the late physician was told to the public.
Adadevoh was the first Nigerian to have died of Ebola after contracting it from an American-Liberian diplomat, Patrick Sawyer (to be played by Keppy Ekpenyong in the movie).
Adadevoh raised the red flag about the viral disease after Sawyer was admitted at the First Consultants Hospital, Obalende, Lagos. In the end, she lost her life but her fidelity to her duty ensured that the disease did not spread as much as it could if she did not move to restrain Sawyer from leaving the hospital.