Nollywood Suspends Movie Shoots on Rivers Indefinitely

The Actors Guild of Nigeria has taken significant industry affecting decisions response to untimely death of Nollywood star John Paul Odonwodo popularly known as Junior Pope. 

Junior Pope and four crew members lost their lives in a recent boat accident at the River Niger Cable Point in Asaba while returning from a movie location.

The incident occurred on April 10, 2024, during the filming of “The Other Side of Life,” produced by Adamma Luke.

Due to the unfortunate incident,  the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria Emeka Rollas, has announced a number of considerations:

  1. Suspension of Riverine Film Shoots: All films involving riverine areas and boat riding are suspended indefinitely. This decision aims to prioritize safety and prevent similar mishaps in the future.
  2. Nationwide Shoot Suspension: There will be no filming activities at any location across the country on Thursday, April 11, 2024. This pause is a mark of respect and mourning for the lives lost.
  3. Indefinite Suspension of “Another Side of Life” Film: The production of “Another Side of Life” is halted until further notice as part of the precautionary measures taken by the guild.
  4. Restriction on Working with Adamma Luke: Actors are prohibited from working with Adamma Luke as a producer until further directives are issued. This step is part of the ongoing investigation and safety considerations.

In his statement, Emeka Rollas, expressed his profound condolences for the lives lost and urged industry members to prioritize safety measures during film productions.

The guild continues its efforts to locate the bodies of the missing persons while honoring the memories of those who tragically lost their lives in the boat accident. 

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