A special documentary has been produced and premiered in
honour of visionary and pioneer Managing Director of Global West Vessel
Specialists Limited (GWVSL), Late Captain Romeo Itima by United States
of America (USA) based producer, film-maker, Mr. Kevin Itima, his son.
The documentary titled “The Price of a Dream”, which was premiered at
the Funplex Event Centre, Lagos on Thursday, June 7, 2018 tells the
story of Captain Romeo Itima, a man who sacrificed his life in his
effort to contribute towards the security and social-economic
development of Nigeria and especially the Niger-Delta region, using his
competence as the first ever West African Captain in the Gulf of Mexico.
In 2006, Late Romeo decided that he wanted to use his over 30 years of
international maritime knowledge to create opportunities for his country
and community. He established GWVSL, a privatized maritime security
company in 2009 to combat piracy and other associated crimes plaguing
Nigeria’s waterways in the fashion of the duties of the United States
Coast Guards to serve as a coast guard company, partnering with Nigeria
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to police the
Sadly, the love Captain Romeo had for his people along with the vision
of a safer Nigeria that he attempted to realize for his country sealed
He was killed at Escravos, Delta state on the 7th of August, 2012 by
While addressing journalists shortly after the unveiling, the Executive
Producer and son of Late Captain Romeo Itima, Kevin Itima said, the
documentary was produced with the purpose of honoring the memory of his
father and the huge sacrifice he made towards the development of the
country especially the Niger-Delta region.
According to him, “Late Romeo Itima migrated to the United States, found
a career within the merchant marine industry and became one of the
first, few African captains.
Although accomplished, Captain Romeo sought for more. He traveled back
to Nigeria with the incredible amount of knowledge he had gained from
his experiences and created Global West Vessel Specialists Limited
(GWVSL) in 2009”
“To him, establishing the company was his way of contributing to
salvaging Nigeria’s maritime security domain, using his wealth of
experience as a master mariner from the United States”
According to Kevin, the documentary dwells extensively on the live and
times of Late Captain Romeo Itima, what sparked his drive to create
GWVSL, how and why the company was created, details on his death and the
aftermath as well as the present standing of the company.
Kevin said many challenges were encountered in the course of producing
the documentary which included logistics, limited time and resources,
unfavorable weather condition and difficulty in getting needed
According to him: “logistics was a major problem for us in Nigeria;
finding appropriate places to shoot from. For example, in Apongbon
market, Lagos, we were harassed and stopped from filming, so we had to
pay the shop owner of a four-level building to be able to shoot the main
scene in the market from his roof”.
“The short amount of time we had to spend in Nigeria was also a major
challenge. My director and director of photography only had about two
weeks to stay in Nigeria and dealing with Lagos traffic limited the
number of places we could visit and shoot”.
“Filming on the river in Escravos was also very difficult. The waves
made it hard to steady the camera and film landscape. “
“The biggest challenge however was getting information about my father’s
company. It seemed that the upper management did not really want to be
part of the film. So, getting figures and facts was a problem. I could
only get certain information off the record and off camera.” He said