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Nigerian Star's Tragic Drowning Forces Nollywood to Reevaluate Safety Measures

Nigerian Star's Tragic Drowning Forces Nollywood to Reevaluate Safety Measures

Nigerian Star's Tragic Drowning Forces Nollywood to Reevaluate Safety Measures

(Ovichnews Africa) - The Nigerian entertainment industry is mourning the loss of popular actor Junior Pope, whose untimely death in a boating accident has sparked calls for better safety standards in Nollywood.

The 42-year-old actor, known for his infectious energy and numerous film credits, tragically drowned in the River Niger along with four others, including film crew members, after their boat collided with a fishing canoe. The incident has shed light on the industry's lax safety practices and prompted a much-needed conversation about protecting the lives of those who bring joy to audiences worldwide. Junior Pope's final Instagram video, where he expressed concerns about the risky conditions he faced while filming, now serves as a haunting reminder of the dangers that artists often confront in pursuit of their craft. The Nigerian Safety Investigations Bureau's preliminary report revealed glaring lapses in safety protocols, including the driver's lack of certification, the boat's lack of registration, and the inadequate provision of life jackets. Following the tragic accident, the Actors Guild of Nigeria swiftly suspended all filming activities near water bodies and called for the implementation of and adherence to safety guidelines. The industry, known for its prolific output and creative talent, has been forced to confront the reality of its shortcomings in ensuring the well-being of its performers and crew members. Renowned actress Ruth Kadiri, a close friend of Junior Pope, lamented the industry's recurring safety lapses, recounting a harrowing near-drowning experience of her own during filming. She emphasized the need for a dedicated safety regulatory body on film sets to oversee compliance with safety measures and protect the lives of those involved in productions of all scales. Actor Chidi Dike echoed Kadiri's sentiments, acknowledging the wake-up call that Junior Pope's death has served to the industry. While acknowledging incremental improvements in safety practices, Dike stressed the importance of prioritizing the well-being of actors and crew members, particularly in high-risk scenarios such as late-night shoots and fast-paced driving scenes. In the wake of this tragedy, Nollywood stands at a crossroads, compelled to reassess its approach to safety and take proactive steps to prevent future avoidable losses. Junior Pope's legacy as a vibrant and talented performer now serves as a catalyst for change within the industry, pushing for a safer working environment for all those who contribute to Nigeria's vibrant filmmaking landscape.

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Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday he was resigning to allow for the formation

Exclusive: Satellite images reveal floating barrier at mouth of disputed atoll in South China Sea

Exclusive: Satellite images reveal floating barrier at mouth of disputed atoll in South China Sea

Satellite images of the hotly disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea show a new

China's "dragon" baby boom may boost population in 2024, report says

China's "dragon" baby boom may boost population in 2024, report says

More babies are being born in hospitals across China in the Year of the Dragon, financial

Debris from North Korean missile in Ukraine could expose procurement networks

Debris from North Korean missile in Ukraine could expose procurement networks

Revelations that a North Korean missile fired by Russia in Ukraine contained a large number of

US to target Russia with more sanctions

US to target Russia with more sanctions

The United States will impose sanctions on over 500 targets on Friday in action marking the

Police fire tear gas on Indian farmers marching to capital, government offers talks

Police fire tear gas on Indian farmers marching to capital, government offers talks

Indian police fired tear gas on Wednesday to scatter thousands of protesting farmers as they sought

Israeli airstrike kills two people in Damascus, Syrian state TV says

Israeli airstrike kills two people in Damascus, Syrian state TV says

An Israeli airstrike hit a residential building in the Kafr Sousa district in Syria's capital Damascus

Ukraine outnumbered, outgunned, ground down by relentless Russia

Ukraine outnumbered, outgunned, ground down by relentless Russia

As the Ukraine war enters its third year, the infantry of 59th Brigade are confronting a

At least 53 killed in tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea, ABC reports

At least 53 killed in tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea, ABC reports

At least 26 people were killed in tribal fighting in the northern highlands of Papua New

French recycling plant on fire housing 900 tonnes of lithium batteries

French recycling plant on fire housing 900 tonnes of lithium batteries

Some 900 tonnes of lithium batteries were on fire at a battery recycling plant in southern

Alexei Navalny: US and UK ambassadors to Russia lay tributes

Alexei Navalny: US and UK ambassadors to Russia lay tributes

US ambassador Lynne Tracy and Britain's Nigel Casey were pictured paying their respects at a memorial

Greece legalises same-sex marriage

Greece legalises same-sex marriage

Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage.

Ukraine Russia war: US warns Avdiivka could fall

Ukraine Russia war: US warns Avdiivka could fall

The US has warned that Russia could seize Ukraine's key eastern town of Avdiivka - the

Chun Ki-won: Hero pastor jailed for sexually abusing North Korea teenage escapees

Chun Ki-won: Hero pastor jailed for sexually abusing North Korea teenage escapees

A South Korean pastor once hailed as a hero for smuggling out hundreds of North Koreans

South African military: 2 soldiers killed, 3 wounded on Congo mission

South African military: 2 soldiers killed, 3 wounded on Congo mission

The South African military said on Thursday two of its soldiers were killed and three wounded

Putin says he prefers 'more predictable' Biden over Trump

Putin says he prefers 'more predictable' Biden over Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Wednesday that he preferred Joe Biden

Putin says Russia is close to creating cancer vaccines

Putin says Russia is close to creating cancer vaccines

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian scientists were close to creating vaccines for cancer

Israel Gaza: UN warns attack on Rafah could lead to 'slaughter'

Israel Gaza: UN warns attack on Rafah could lead to 'slaughter'

A top UN official has warned an Israeli assault on Rafah, Gaza's southernmost city, could lead

India farmers: Police fire tear gas again at protesters trying to resume march to Delhi

India farmers: Police fire tear gas again at protesters trying to resume march to Delhi

Indian police have used tear gas for a second day to stop farmers demanding minimum crop

Pakistan election: Imran Khan's rivals PML-N and PPP reach deal to form government

Pakistan election: Imran Khan's rivals PML-N and PPP reach deal to form government

Nawaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's parties in Pakistan have reached a deal to form a

Israel frees two hostages, Palestinian TV says 74 killed in assault

Israel frees two hostages, Palestinian TV says 74 killed in assault

Israel on Monday freed two Israeli-Argentine hostages held by Hamas in Rafah in a ferocious rescue

Indian farmers to march to Delhi after talks with ministers fail

Indian farmers to march to Delhi after talks with ministers fail

Indian farmers plan to continue a protest march to New Delhi on Tuesday after talks with

Exclusive: France proposes Hezbollah withdrawal, border talks for Israel-Lebanon truce

Exclusive: France proposes Hezbollah withdrawal, border talks for Israel-Lebanon truce

France has delivered a written proposal to Beirut aimed at ending hostilities with Israel and settling

Kremlin, commenting on purported Mariupol death toll, accuses Ukraine of many civilians deaths

Kremlin, commenting on purported Mariupol death toll, accuses Ukraine of many civilians deaths

The Kremlin said on Friday it had not yet reviewed an assessment by Human Rights Watch

With over 100 seats counted, Imran Khan's supporters lead in Pakistan - media

With over 100 seats counted, Imran Khan's supporters lead in Pakistan - media

Supporters of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan had the edge on Friday in Pakistan's election

Putin tells Tucker Carlson Russia has no interest in attacking Poland or Latvia

Putin tells Tucker Carlson Russia has no interest in attacking Poland or Latvia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview that aired on Thursday that Russia will fight

Australians cheer law giving workers right to ignore after-hours work calls

Australians cheer law giving workers right to ignore after-hours work calls

Australians on Thursday cheered new proposed laws that give workers the right to ignore calls and

Five killed in violent Pakistan elections; mobile services suspended

Five killed in violent Pakistan elections; mobile services suspended

At least five people were killed in militant attacks as Pakistan held a general election on

UK PM Sunak makes transgender jibe during visit of murdered girl's mother

UK PM Sunak makes transgender jibe during visit of murdered girl's mother

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak joked that the leader of the opposition Labour Party could not

Chile's former president Sebastian Pinera dies in helicopter crash

Chile's former president Sebastian Pinera dies in helicopter crash

Chilean ex-President Sebastian Pinera died in a helicopter crash on Tuesday, sending the country he led

Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian cities kills five, officials say

Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian cities kills five, officials say

Russia unleashed missile and drone strikes on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities during Wednesday morning's rush

Australia to allow workers to ignore after-hours calls from bosses

Australia to allow workers to ignore after-hours calls from bosses

Australia will introduce laws giving workers the right to ignore unreasonable calls and messages from their

Israel presses onslaught in Gaza's Khan Younis as US pursues ceasefire quest

Israel presses onslaught in Gaza's Khan Younis as US pursues ceasefire quest

Israeli forces killed at least 14 Palestinians in airstrikes as they pressed their onslaught in Gaza's

Spanish farmers blockade roads, joining EU peers' protests

Spanish farmers blockade roads, joining EU peers' protests

Spanish farmers blocked traffic on some of the country's main highways on Tuesday, joining colleagues in

Kazakh president names chief of staff Bektenov new PM

Kazakh president names chief of staff Bektenov new PM

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev named his chief of staff, Olzhas Bektenov, prime minister on Tuesday, quickly

Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee cleared of charges in 2015 merger case

Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee cleared of charges in 2015 merger case

Samsung Electronics (005930.KS), opens new tab Chairman Jay Y. Lee was found not guilty of accounting

Forest fires kill 112 in Chile's worst disaster since 2010 earthquake

Forest fires kill 112 in Chile's worst disaster since 2010 earthquake

Firefighters in central Chile on Sunday battled to quell fierce forest fires that have killed 112

El Salvador's Bukele re-elected as president in landslide win

El Salvador's Bukele re-elected as president in landslide win

President Nayib Bukele on Sunday secured a thumping victory in El Salvador's elections after voters cast

Trudeau condemns mosque attack, says Islamophobia 'has no place' in Canada

Trudeau condemns mosque attack, says Islamophobia 'has no place' in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday condemned an attack against a mosque in the city

China executes couple who flung two toddlers to their death

China executes couple who flung two toddlers to their death

China has executed a couple who fatally threw two children out of the window of an

Nairobi fire: Gas blast in Kenyan capital kills three and injures nearly 300

Nairobi fire: Gas blast in Kenyan capital kills three and injures nearly 300

A huge gas blast in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has killed at least three people and

Eyes on Hungary as EU decides on more aid to Ukraine

Eyes on Hungary as EU decides on more aid to Ukraine

European Union leaders will seek to agree on Thursday on extending 50 billion euros ($54 bln)

Germany's airport security staff to ground flights in nationwide protests

Germany's airport security staff to ground flights in nationwide protests

Security staff at some of Germany's biggest airports, including the global hub Frankfurt, walked off the

Brazil's Lula sacks deputy intelligence chief amid spying probe

Brazil's Lula sacks deputy intelligence chief amid spying probe

Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has sacked the deputy director of the national intelligence

Myanmar hands over three junta-backed Chinese warlords to Beijing

Myanmar hands over three junta-backed Chinese warlords to Beijing

Myanmar has handed over three Chinese warlords to Beijing, who were notorious for trafficking thousands of

Imran Khan: Former Pakistan PM and wife Bushra Bibi jailed for corruption

Imran Khan: Former Pakistan PM and wife Bushra Bibi jailed for corruption

Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi have been jailed for 14 years, the second sentence

EU leaders to pledge continued military support to Ukraine at summit - draft text

EU leaders to pledge continued military support to Ukraine at summit - draft text

European Union leaders will restate their determination to continue to provide "timely, predictable and sustainable military

Pakistan court jails ex-PM Imran Khan for 10 years ahead of elections

Pakistan court jails ex-PM Imran Khan for 10 years ahead of elections

A Pakistan court handed Imran Khan a 10-year jail term on Tuesday for leaking state secrets,

Brussels threatens to hit Hungary's economy if Orban vetoes Ukraine aid - FT

Brussels threatens to hit Hungary's economy if Orban vetoes Ukraine aid - FT

The European Union will sabotage Hungary's economy if Budapest blocks fresh aid to Ukraine at a

Pope says Africans are 'special case' when it comes to LGBT blessings

Pope says Africans are 'special case' when it comes to LGBT blessings

Pope Francis said in an interview published on Monday that Africans were a "special case" in

South Africa's genocide case is a diplomatic win, whatever the verdict

South Africa's genocide case is a diplomatic win, whatever the verdict

South Africa's genocide case against Israel may have ruffled feathers in the capitals of vital Western

Norman Jewison: Renowned Canadian film director dies at 97

Norman Jewison: Renowned Canadian film director dies at 97

Famed Canadian film maker and producer Norman Jewison has died aged 97, his publicist has announced.

China landslide kills eight, dozens missing

China landslide kills eight, dozens missing

A landslide in China's Yunnan province killed eight people on Monday and dozens were missing as

India's Modi leads consecration of grand Ram temple in Ayodhya

India's Modi leads consecration of grand Ram temple in Ayodhya

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the consecration on Monday of a grand temple to the

Russian oil depot catches fire after Ukrainian drone downed -governor

Russian oil depot catches fire after Ukrainian drone downed -governor

Oil tanks at a storage facility in the town of Klintsy in Russia's Bryansk region caught

China's population drops for 2nd year, with record low birth rate

China's population drops for 2nd year, with record low birth rate

China's population fell for a second consecutive year in 2023, as a record low birth rate

Ukraine says downs Russian drones targeting Odesa port

Ukraine says downs Russian drones targeting Odesa port

Ukraine shot down 19 of the 20 Shahed drones launched by Russia in an overnight attack

Cyclone Belal: Mauritius raises warning to maximum

Cyclone Belal: Mauritius raises warning to maximum

Mauritius has raised a cyclone warning alert to maximum after Cyclone Belal brought torrential rain and

UK to 'wait and see' on possible further strikes against Houthis, says defence minister

UK to 'wait and see' on possible further strikes against Houthis, says defence minister

Britain will "wait and see" before deciding to launch fresh military strikes against the Iran-aligned Houthis

Canadians worry US democracy cannot survive Trump's return to White House, poll finds

Canadians worry US democracy cannot survive Trump's return to White House, poll finds

About two-thirds of Canadians surveyed this month said American democracy cannot survive another four years of

North Korea poised to admit first known tourists since 2020

North Korea poised to admit first known tourists since 2020

A group from Russia is poised to be the first known tourists allowed into North Korea

US, Britain carry out strikes against Houthis in Yemen

US, Britain carry out strikes against Houthis in Yemen

The United States and Britain carried out strikes from the air and sea against Houthi military

Ukraine war: Russian missiles wreck Kharkiv hotel - governor

Ukraine war: Russian missiles wreck Kharkiv hotel - governor

Two Russian missiles have struck a hotel in Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, injuring 11 people, the

To old friend in Iowa, Xi says world requires stability in China-US ties

To old friend in Iowa, Xi says world requires stability in China-US ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a recent reply to a letter from an Iowa native whom

French PM Élisabeth Borne resigns ahead of expected reshuffle

French PM Élisabeth Borne resigns ahead of expected reshuffle

France's Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne is to leave office after less than two years in the

India-Maldives row escalates, agency suspends flight bookings to islands

India-Maldives row escalates, agency suspends flight bookings to islands

One of India's largest travel platforms suspended flight bookings to the tourism-dependent Maldives on Monday after

Blinken seeks to avert wider war, Israel says it is not fighting a single enemy

Blinken seeks to avert wider war, Israel says it is not fighting a single enemy

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi

Tribe Called Judah becomes highest-earning Nigerian film

Tribe Called Judah becomes highest-earning Nigerian film

A Nollywood film has smashed box office records, becoming the first Nigerian movie to earn 1bn

Court deals blow to Argentine leader Milei's plan for labour reform

Court deals blow to Argentine leader Milei's plan for labour reform

A court in Argentina has dealt a blow to the sweeping economic changes introduced by the

Hamburg hospital fire kills four patients

Hamburg hospital fire kills four patients

Four people have died in a fire at a hospital near Hamburg, in northern Germany.

Ukraine war: Some residents leave Belgorod after deadly attacks

Ukraine war: Some residents leave Belgorod after deadly attacks

Russia has begun moving some residents from the city of Belgorod following deadly attacks by Ukraine.

Japan earthquake: Nearly 250 missing as hope for survivors fades

Japan earthquake: Nearly 250 missing as hope for survivors fades

Rescuers in Japan are rushing to find 242 people missing after a devastating New Year's Day

Tesla recalls more than 1.6 million cars in China over steering software issues

Tesla recalls more than 1.6 million cars in China over steering software issues

Tesla is recalling more than 1.6 million vehicles in China over issues with steering software and

Ousmane Sonko: Senegal court upholds opposition leader's libel conviction

Ousmane Sonko: Senegal court upholds opposition leader's libel conviction

Senegal's Supreme Court has rejected opposition leader Ousmane Sonko's appeal against a libel conviction, potentially ruling

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly Iran attack, Tehran vows revenge

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly Iran attack, Tehran vows revenge

Islamic State claimed responsibility yesterday for two explosions in Iran that killed nearly 100 people and

North Korea’s Kim orders increased production of mobile launch vehicles as tensions grow with US

North Korea’s Kim orders increased production of mobile launch vehicles as tensions grow with US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered authorities to increase production of mobile launch vehicles for

Ex-Miss Namibia pledges to run for president

Ex-Miss Namibia pledges to run for president

The former Miss Namibia has doubled down on her pledge to run to be president of

South Africa beaten in quickest ever Test match with a winner

South Africa beaten in quickest ever Test match with a winner

India have completed the quickest victory in Test match history, beating South Africa in just a

Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole in South Africa

Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole in South Africa

Ex-Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is to be freed on parole from a South African jail, nearly 11

Libianca’s People one of UK’s most streamed songs of 2023

Libianca’s People one of UK’s most streamed songs of 2023

Cameroonian-American singer Libianca had one of the most popular songs in the UK in 2023.

Will Smith gifts Guinean man who cycled 4,000km to dream university

Will Smith gifts Guinean man who cycled 4,000km to dream university

Hollywood actor Will Smith has given a surprise gift package to a student from Guinea who

DR Congo president's poll win contested in court

DR Congo president's poll win contested in court

One of the presidential candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo has filed a petition to

US dismisses SA's case against Israel as 'meritless'

US dismisses SA's case against Israel as 'meritless'

The US has dismissed South Africa's case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)

Nigeria seeks to ban degrees from Kenya, Uganda in crackdown

Nigeria seeks to ban degrees from Kenya, Uganda in crackdown

Nigeria says it will extend the suspension of degrees accreditation to more countries, including Kenya and

Uproar as Kenyan leader threatens to defy 'corrupt judges'

Uproar as Kenyan leader threatens to defy 'corrupt judges'

Kenyan President William Ruto has come under a barrage of criticism following his threat to disobey

Runway safety concerns in focus as Japan probes Tokyo crash

Runway safety concerns in focus as Japan probes Tokyo crash

Japanese investigators are preparing to probe the collision of two airplanes at Tokyo's Haneda airport, weeks

Japan quake: Rescuers rush to reach survivors

Japan quake: Rescuers rush to reach survivors

At least 30 people were killed after a powerful earthquake hit Japan on New Year's Day,