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Tears, anguish as late actor Junior Pope’s body is laid to rest in Enugu

Pope was well-regarded, not only for his contributions to Nollywood but also for his active role in his hometown.

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Tears flowed freely as Nollywood actor Junior Pope’s body arrived for interment at the sleepy town of Ukehe, located in Nsukka, Enugu State, on Friday morning.

The atmosphere is sombre as family, friends, and fans gather to pay their final respects to the actor, who tragically lost his life in April.

Junior Pope, a father of three, and three other crew members drowned in the River Niger during a movie shoot.

The incident sparked widespread criticism from colleagues and industry professionals, who have berated the film’s producer for failing to prioritize the safety of the cast and crew during production.

The Ukehe community, deeply saddened by the loss of their illustrious son, is grappling with the tragedy.

Pope was well-regarded, not only for his contributions to Nollywood but also for his active role in his hometown.

Some of his colleagues said his death has left a significant void in both the local community and the Nigerian film industry.

As the funeral proceedings unfold, there is a palpable sense of grief and reflection.

This is just as the Nollywood community called for stricter regulations and better oversight to ensure the well-being of its actors and crew members.

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