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Junior Pope: Untold story of the boat mishap that killed 5

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Veteran actor and SA to the President of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Military Relations, Mr Steve Eboh has provided graphic details on the boat mishap which claimed the lives of Nollywood actor Jnr. Pope and four others at Anam River, in Anambra State and how they have been able to bring the situation under control.
Eboh, who’s popularly known as Ajebo was part of the production Associates of the ill-fated movie, ‘Another Side of Life” being produced by Adanma Luke.


The tragic incident has sent shock-waves across the length and breadth of the Nigerian movie industry. And while different stories are still flying around in respect of the incident, Eboh, has decided to shed light on it.

This is just as the Marine Police of Anambra State Command said yesterday that they have recovered bodies of the the remaining three victims of the unfortunate boat accident. Two of the bodies were recovered on Thursday, while the last body was thrown ashore by the tide yesterday morning.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, however, urged all water commuters to be safety conscious and avoid behaviour that may jeopardize their safety and that of others while on transit on water. He promised expedited investigation into the sad accident.

Narrating how the boat mishap happened, Eboh said: “I was part of the production Associates of the movie, ‘Another side of Life.’ On that day, I was supposed to be on that set. But somehow, I got to the location very early when the cast and crew were not yet there. I went back home, hoping that they would call me when they arrived. But the next thing I heard was what happened and the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Chief Emeka Rollas called me, and instructed me to move to Asaba to ascertain the situation. The incident didn’t happen in Asaba, rather it happened in Anambra State. But the take off point was Asaba.”

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Eboh, however, blamed actor TC Okafor for the misfortune. Okafor’s live session interview, narrating how the incident happened went viral on social media on Thursday.

According to Eboh’s account, while the victims were on board, Okafor kept standing and was pouring libation on the water, and at the same time ringing his bell. In the process, he blocked the view of the person steering the boat in such a way that he couldn’t see the incoming canoe, thereby leading to collision.

According to Eboh, “The producer of the film, Adanma Luke was supposed to be in the boat. But somehow, she forgot something and had to rush back to the hotel to pick it. That was how she missed the boat. But when the accident happened, we were asked to perform some rituals by the riverside before we recovered Jnr Pope’s body alongside the other victim. They were already dead when they were brought out of the water.

“I was at the riverside when they brought their bodies out of the water. At that point, I invited the police to take their corpses to the mortuary, but the supreme argument prevailed that we should take them to the hospital first for the doctors to confirm them dead. We went to the first hospital and they were confirmed dead. At the mortuary, the attendant insisted that we must obtain certain clearance before he would do anything.

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“However, when our people decided to perform some rituals in accordance with the tradition of Anam people before taking the bodies away, the man that presided over the rituals told our people that their spirits were back in them and that we should rush them to the hospital to revive them. That was when it started trending that Jnr Pope was alive and people were rejoicing.

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“Unfortunately, the hospital still confirmed them dead. We decided to take them to the third hospital, and it was the same story. At that point, there was nothing we could do again than to deposit their corpses in the morgue. As of yesterday, we recovered two bodies and they were buried the same day by the riverside. Their families were there. The Anambra State Police marine recovered the last body yesterday morning.

Why they were not wearing life jackets

“Those who were wearing life jackets included the director of the movie, the cameraman and the production manager. If the star actors in that boat had wanted to wear life jackets, they would have been given the jackets. But in a situation where everybody wanted content, to make videos and do a lot of expeditions on the water, it’s unfortunate, but then there’s nothing we can do about it. First and foremost, are we to blame the producer for giving out the job or the carelessness of some of the drivers of the boat who couldn’t provide what they were supposed to do for their passengers? At the moment, everyone in Nollywood is worried, I am worried. That’s the situation.

Way forward

“The way forward is that the ones to be buried here have been buried and the other ones are still in the mortuary. The producer is doing everything possible to ensure that everybody is satisfied.

Producer is heartbroken

“Adanma Luke is not feeling fine. She’s been down since yesterday, she’s completely heartbroken. If not because of God, I wouldn’t be talking to you now because I was supposed to be in that boat”.

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Musawa mourns Jnr. Pope, Saratu Gidado

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The Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy Hannatu Musa Musawa has expressed deep shock at the death of Nollywood actor Pope Obumneme Odonwodo who drowned in River Anam in Anambra state on Wednesday, after shooting a movie at a location.

Barely 48 hours after the death of Kannywood actress Saratu Gidado was announced, the Nigerian movie actor popularly known as Junior Pope reportedly drowned on his way back from a movie location alongside some persons yet to be confirmed.

Minister Musawa, in a statement issued by her SA media and Publicity, Nneka Anibeze, described the recent spate of deaths in the entertainment industry as horrific and tragic.

“It’s a sad week for us in the creative and movie industry and a black Wednesday. Losing two lives in three days is not only horrifying but colossal. We have lost great young talents and entertainment providers while generating content for Nigerian movie lovers. We mourn and commiserate with their families. We stand by them at this tragic time and our thoughts are with all those who know them”. (Vanguard)

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Why I was buried alive for 24 hours – Young C

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Goodness Chijioke O a.k.a Young C Moneygod


Goodness Chijioke O, popularly known as Young C Moneygod, has explained why he chose to be buried alive for 24 hours

In an interview with The Nation, Young C, a History and International Studies graduate from Imo State University, revealed that he undertook the challenge to create content for his YouTube channel, “Young C Entertainment.”

He explained that his goal was to grow his platform and earn a living through legitimate means, rather than committing fraud or other criminal activities.

As a YouTuber, songwriter, and musician, Young C said he aimed to monetize his content once the video was uploaded.

He said: “First I did it for content creation for one of my platforms “Young C Entertainment” on YouTube. To grow my platform with the Attention that will be gotten from the challenge. I did it to earn a living instead of indulging in fraud and other criminal activities hence I was going to make some money from my platforms when I uploaded the video.

“I did it to overcome fear, telling myself I could do whatever I wanted even if people tried to discourage me. I created awareness so that a record-breaking platform can be established in Africa.”

Regarding people’s criticisms, he said he views their comments as motivation to do more and grow, believing they will ultimately become his fans.

He said: “I pay deaf ears to those who criticize me because people always criticize what they don’t understand, and there is nothing you will do on earth that people won’t criticize you. I see their comments as motivation to do more and grow more so in the end they will turn my fans.”

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Speaking on how he was able to cope while in the coffin, Young C said he had some snacks as food and some water despite running out of water before the challenge was over.

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He stated: “Actually I had some snacks as food and also some water, even if I ran out of water before the challenge was over which made the challenge difficult for me. The greatest challenge I had under the ground was a lot of heat, hence there was no ventilation.”

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Veteran actress, ‘Ovularia’ of The New Masquerade is dead

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• Veteran actress, Elizabeth Evoeme


Veteran actress, Madam Elizabeth Evoeme, popularly known as Ovularia in the 80s TV sitcom, called ‘The New Masquerade’, is dead.

Evoeme died at the age of 81.

Her death came four and a half years after her rumoured death on November 5, 2019.

Her death was announced in a statement by her family.

According to the statement, the actress died in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

• The New Masquerade crew

The statement read, “Friends, fans, colleagues, the family of the legendary actress, Elizabeth Lizzy ‘Ovularia’ Evoeme, would like to notify the public, all those who loved her and her work in ‘The new Masquerade,’ of her passing.

“Elizabeth ‘Ovularia’ Evoeme will be dearly missed and was extremely loved by her family and also by you, her fans.

“We thank you all for your support and for respecting our privacy at this time. God bless you all and may our dear Elizabeth ‘Ovularia’ Evoeme rest in perfect peace, now and always.”

However, details of her death were not revealed.

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Meanwhile, on November 5, 2019, Evoeme was rumoured to be dead.

After the rumour of her passing then, Chika Okpala, known for his portrayal of Chief Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwaogbe, also known as 4.30 in the sitcom, refuted the rumour.

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‘You’ve missed your generation’s blessing’, Davido tells Abuja barber who called him 003

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Afrobeat music giant, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido set social media ablaze on Sunday when he slammed an Abuja-based barber who is also a Wizkid fan, Callistus Okolie, with his Instagram handle as @Kallystouch, for describing him (Davido) as the third biggest musician in the Nigerian music industry.

Commenting on the photos Davido posted of himself in Dubai on Sunday, the barber wrote, “The only 3rd man in the music industry 003.”

Dissatisfied with Okolie’s description of him, the singer quickly responded by saying “@kallystouch I have saved your picture. I would have come to Abuja, and you would have cut my hair that is almost finished, but you like social media.”

He added that the barber had missed his “generation’s blessing” because he (Davido) sponsored his last three barbers in opening their salons.

“My last three barbers, I opened shops for them. That is how you missed your generation’s blessing”, he added.

Taking another swipe at Davido on Monday, Okolie who tweets as @Kallystouch on X.com responded with a video of one of his customers he gave a nice haircut, stating that Davido had missed an opportunity to have a haircut from the best barber in the FCT.

He wrote, “Davido just missed the opportunity to have a haircut from the best barber in Abuja.”

In another viral video he posted on X.com, Okolie blasted Davido for his response. He insisted that for him, Wizkid remains the biggest musician in the Nigerian music industry.

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He added that Davido was not his helper and that he was not seeking help from anybody.

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“FC does not beg, write it down, FC does not beg. Wizkid remains my 001 in the music industry, no cap. I did not say that to hurt anyone or to pull anybody down. Again, there is a statement Davido made that he was coming to Abuja and I would have been his barber, I would have been the person to cut his hair, how?”, he wrote.

He added, “Do you know me before that I would have been your barber? If not for my comment would you have replied to me? Let’s be realistic, do you know me before? You don’t know me before? FC is number one. Apart from that, I’m not begging anybody, Davido is not my helper, because whoever will help me will not stress me, Portable has said it before.”

This is the second time in less than a week that the singer would be coming under fire on social media.

Recall that on April 29, 2024, Wizkid set microblogging site, X.com, on fire when he took swipes at Davido and Don Jazzy.

As a result of the controversial tweet, Wizkid trended as number 4 on Nigeria’s X trends.

During exchanges with his followers, Wizkid mocked Davido for his recently leaked viral video where he was seen on his knees crying and begging someone believed to be a female associate.  (PUNCH)

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