Pat Nebo was a Nigerian production designer and art director who left an indelible mark on the Nigerian film industry. Known for his attention to detail and artistry, he worked on several high-profile films before his death on September 14, 2023.
Nebo started his career in 1993 as a production designer with the home movie Ti Oluwa Ni Ile. In the same year, he also worked on its two sequels, showcasing his knack for visual storytelling from the get-go.
Cinema Debut and Continued Work
In 2009, Nebo made his maiden cinema appearance in the film The Figurine, where he acted as the ‘Marriage Registrar’. However, his primary focus remained on production design. He continued to work on several films such as Araromire, Arugba, Alero’s Symphony, and Being Mrs Elliot.
Versatility as an Art Director
Apart from his work as a production designer, Nebo also served as an art director on numerous films. Some of the noteworthy films in this capacity include The Figurine, Phone Swap, Half of a Yellow Sun, and 76.
Here is a selection of his filmography, showcasing his versatility and contribution to different genres:
- Ti Oluwa Ni Ile (1993) – Production Designer – Home movie
- Agogo èèwò (2002) – Production Designer – Film
- The Figurine (2009) – Actor, Production Designer, Art Director – Film
- Araromire (2009) – Production Designer – Film
- Alero’s Symphony (2011) – Set Designer – Film
- Phone Swap (2012) – Production Designer, Art Director – Film
- Being Mrs Elliot (2014) – Production Designer – Film
- Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) – Art Director – Film
- October 1 (2014) – Production Designer – Film
- Okafor’s Law (2016) – Set Designer – Film
- 76 (2016) – Actor, Production Designer – Film
- Lionheart (2018) – Production Designer – Film
- Mokalik (Mechanic) (2019) – Production Designer, Art Director – Film
- Citation (2019) – Production Designer – Film
Pat Nebo’s death leaves a void in the Nigerian film industry, but his work continues to inspire aspiring production designers and art directors. His ability to adapt and excel in multiple roles—be it as a production designer, set designer, or art director—speaks volumes about his talent and dedication to the craft.