A Film About The Kenyan Man Who Spent 18 Hours In An Ambulance Without Getting Help Is Being Made


Back in 2015, Alex Madaga, a casual laborer in Nairobi survived a road accident but ended up dying after spending a record 18 hours in an ambulance, while seeking emergency treatment.

Luckily, there has been some relief for the family of Alex after they were awarded Sh 2.5 million as compensation. A lawsuit had been filed against the driver and owner of the vehicle that fatally injured the late Alex Madaga.

Now a movie inspired by the incident is under production. The movie is called 18 Hours and it centers around the rookie paramedic who spent 18 hours in an ambulance with a patient after hospitals refused to admit him.

The movie is directed by Kevin Njue.


Image: Kevin Njue

Kevin is a talented director who won the Young African Filmmakers Award (YAFMA) at the Afrika Film Festival in Belgium in 2015 as well as the Jury Award at the 2015 Slum Film Festival. 

He is also a 2015 alumni of the Maisha film lab, a non-profit training film initiative for emerging East Africa filmmakers founded by Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair.

The movie’s main character Zach is loosely based on the real-life paramedic Brian Odhiambo who was there at the time of the incident. Zach does his best to keep the patient alive for as long as possible.

Phoebe Ruguru is the producer of the movie.


Image: PLive

Phoebe is a real go-getter. She has twice been nominated as Young Achiever of the Year by African Women in Europe.

She directed her first movie called Saidia in 2014 which made her win the Best Young Filmmaker at the Modern Day Slavery Competition in London. She also produced Intellectual Scum, 2015, and Plastic Maasai, 2016.

She is currently an undergraduate student studying International Relations and Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. This means that the story is definitely in good hands.

Watch the trailer of 18 hours below: