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Tears As Junior Pope Is Laid To Rest In Enugu

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Tears flowed freely yesterday at Uwala Abaka village, Ukehe town in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State where the remains of Nollywood actor John Odonwodo, popularly known as Junior Pope, was laid to rest.

The Eastern Updates reports that the burial rites commenced with a lying-in-state in the morning at his father’s compound where family members, well-wishers, colleagues and friends had the final glimpse of the late actor before the body was taken to St. Peter’s Catholic Parish, Ukehe for a commendation mass.

Thereafter, the corpse was moved to a private venue for internment at about 1:30 pm.

The atmosphere at the burial ceremony was sombre as colleagues and fans gathered to pay their last respects to the late actor.

The late actor’s wife, Jennifer Awele, could not hold back tears as she was sighted weeping profusely at the commencement of the final funeral procession.

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The late actor, who tragically lost his life in a boat accident, was honored with a touching funeral service that paid tribute to his life, work, and the joy he brought to so many through his performances.

As mourners gathered at St. Peter’s Catholic Parish, memories of Junior Pope’s warmth, talent, and dedication were shared, and his contributions to the world of Nigerian cinema were celebrated.

The 43-year-old actor died alongside four other people on April 10 after their boat capsized in the Anam River in Anambra State while returning from a movie shoot.

Speaking at the burial ceremony, veteran actress Rita Edochie said she was heartbroken when she heard the sad news of Junior Pope’s death.

Former president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who also hails from the town, was among the top dignitaries that graced the funeral.

The Eastern Updates

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