Nonso Christian Ugbode (pictured), the National Black Programming Consortium’s (NBPC) director of digital initiatives, has passed away at the age of 34.
Ugbode, who had worked at the organization since 2006, died unexpectedly on Monday (June 20).
During his time with the NBPC, Ugbode was responsible for overseeing the non-profit’s website, which provides black producers with resources, web series and content. In addition to his work for the foundation, Ugbode also served as a writer and filmmaker, most recently producing the 2011 doc Colored Frames about black painters.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced by Ugbode’s family. Updates will be provided on the NBPC’s website.
Founded in 1979, the NBPC supports diverse voices by developing, producing and funding media content about the black experience for across the TV, digital radio and online landscapes. The non-profit organization also trains and mentors black filmmakers.
“Christian’s unwavering commitment to the importance of black voices, plus his knowledge and understanding of the rapidly changing technology, is what drove NBPC’s growth and expansion in digital media. He will be fondly remembered as an extraordinary friend to black storytellers,” said NBPC executive director Leslie Fields-Cruz. “His contributions to the field, to NBPC and on a more personal level to me and my family, will be felt for generations to come.”
“Whether his colleagues know it or not, his contributions continue to create opportunities for makers of color on every platform,” added Jacquie Jones, former NBPC executive director. “But more than anything for us, Christian was our brother. The hole that’s been left by his passing can never be filled. We loved him.”