Yet Another Black Day in Nollywood?Popular Nollywood Actor, Junior Pope was feared to have drowned today along with three others while returning from location along River Niger. From reports available, the actor and the others fell into the river as two speed boats collided.

Meanwhile, an Instagram post by the actor earlier shows the actor pleading with the boat operator to take it easy, saying he was an only child, and that he had three children to take care of. What sounded like a mockery of his fears almost became a prophetic foresight of the unfortunate fate that awaited him and the others. But to the glory of God, the actor is reported to have been resuscitated. He is alive! We hope for same goodness for the others.

This brings to the fore questions about safety of Nollywood’s practitioners on and off locations. We gathered that many passengers on the boat had no life vests on! Shouldn’t there have been life vests for everyone on board? Shouldn’t there have been lifeguards on board? Safety measures should be paramount. Relevant guilds and associations should seriously look into this.

You will recall that just recently, Nollywood lost John Okafor of Mr. Ibu fame, Ameachi Munagor, Sisi Quadri, Jumoke Aderounme, Salatu Gidado…the list seems endless.

May the souls of the departed rest in peace… Amen!

By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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