Nollywood actor, Junior Pope, drowns. Here are 13 things you may not know about him


Tragic news struck the Nollywood community on Wednesday as famous actor Jnr Pope reportedly drowned while shooting a movie.

Just hours after sharing a video of himself on a boat on Instagram, the actor met his untimely demise at Marine Cable Point in Asaba during a movie shoot.

In the video he posted on IG, the actor could be heard crying out over the risk he was taking; plying river Niger without a life jacket.

Here are some of the things to know about Pope:

1. Junior Pope, whose real name is Pope Obumneme Odonwodo, was a multifaceted talent in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

2. Junior Pope was born on May 7, 1984, in Bamenda, Cameroon, but moved to Nigeria at a young age.

3. Junior Pope was a vibrant presence in the entertainment industry.

4. His charismatic presence extended beyond the screen, as he also served as a brand influencer and content creator with a substantial following on Instagram, boasting over one million followers and counting.

5. He made a significant impact in Nollywood as an actor and movie producer, featuring in over 100 movies.

6. Junior Pope’s journey in Nollywood began in 2006, attending auditions and initially playing minor roles such as bodyguards, palace attendants, and servants.

7. However, it was his role in the blockbuster movie “Secret Adventures”, directed by Tchidi Chikere, that catapulted him to fame in 2007.

8. His versatility allowed him to portray various characters, including criminals, villains, armed robbers, militants, and hitmen.

9. His talent was recognized with awards such as Nollywood Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the Entertainment Factory Awards in 2010, as well as accolades from the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and the Africa Movie Academy Awards3.

10. Tragically, on April 10, 2024, Junior Pope was involved in a boat mishap while filming on the Anam River in Anambra State.

11. Alongside three others, he faced this unfortunate accident while returning from a movie location.

12. Just a day before his untimely death, he had shared a video of himself on a boat, unaware of the tragedy that awaited him.

13. The sudden loss of Junior Pope has left his fans and colleagues in shock and mourning, as they grapple with the heart-breaking reality of his sudden departure.

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