The Fallen Oak And The Symphony: A Tribute to Pat Nebo
Never in the history of film in Nigeria has anyone embroidered the creative industry with such profound ornament of beauty as Pat Nebo.
Though Mr. Pat has gone to be with the ancestors, he shall forever remain a Sage in the hearts of men who love his arts.
Art cannot die. The human soul is the wellspring of art, as long as the soul of a man shall outlive the body, his art too shall endure the fatality of death. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow captured the essence of life in the poem that has such enduring influence—his poem, A Psalm of Life—validates my weird stance:
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
“Life is but an empty dream!”
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Mr. Pat is a renowned African production designer. He was the brain behind many art directing, production design, and set designing of many blockbusters like, Ti oluwa ni ile (production designer), The Figurine (production designer & art director), October 1 (production designer), “76 (production designer), Lionheart (production designer), Half of a Yellow Sun (art director), Okafor’s Law (set designer), Mokalik (Mechanic) (production designer, art director),l to mention but a few—one can almost have a good guess before the ‘Film Credit’ starts rolling, his creative input in films cannot be mistaken.
Some individuals have great names, but little genius. Some are great geniuses, with faint reputations. But Pat Nebo is an embodiment of fame and brilliance.
Show me a film without a fine art director, and I will show you one without direction.
As the brilliance of Pat Nebo is botherless, so shall be the fate of his fame even in death. His art shall live because his works shall endure.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
“Dust thou art, to dust returnest,”
Was not spoken of the soul.