Tue. May 28th, 2024

By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi

The family of the late Nollywood actor John Paul Odonwodo, affectionately known as Junior Pope, has unveiled the funeral arrangements for his burial following his tragic demise. Junior Pope was among five individuals who tragically lost their lives in a boat capsizing incident on the Anam River in Anambra State on April 10, while returning from a movie shoot.

The devastating incident occurred as Junior Pope and his colleagues were returning from a movie shoot, with only seven out of the 12 individuals on board being rescued alive. The sudden loss of Junior Pope and his companions has sent shockwaves through the Nollywood industry, leaving it in a state of mourning and disbelief.

The funeral arrangements, announced by Divine Odonwodo on behalf of the family, outline a series of events to commemorate the life and legacy of Junior Pope. The schedule includes:

A requiem mass was held on April 23 at Saint John-Mary Vianney Parish in Asaba, Delta State. Another requiem mass is scheduled for May 13 at Christ the King Catholic Parish, G.R.A., Enugu, providing an opportunity for friends, family, and fans to pay their respects.

On May 14, an evening of tributes and candlelight will take place at Amadeo Event Centre in Enugu at 5 pm. This event will serve as a heartfelt tribute to Junior Pope’s life and contributions to the entertainment industry.

A wake will be held on May 16 at Junior Pope’s country home in Uwala Abaka, Ukehe, a community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of the state. It will offer an opportunity for close family and loved ones to honor his memory and bid him farewell.

Junior Pope will be laid to rest on Friday, May 17, at his country home after a burial mass at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, Ukehe. The interment will follow immediately after the burial ceremony, marking his final resting place.

The funeral arrangements will conclude with a thanksgiving mass at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, Ukehe, on May 20, expressing gratitude for Junior Pope’s life and the support of those who have stood by the family during this difficult time.

As preparations for Junior Pope’s final journey unfold, the Nollywood community and fans alike come together to mourn the loss of a talented actor and celebrate the indelible mark he left on the entertainment industry. The funeral arrangements provide an opportunity for all who knew and admired Junior Pope to honor his memory and bid him a dignified farewell.

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