From Kenneth Udeh, Abuja


The Federal Government has reacted to the tragic boat accident which claimed the life of popular Nollywood actor, Junior Pope, and three crew members.


The Presidency through the Nigerian Film Corporation on Friday also reacted to the unfortunate passing of other movie Actors particularly Saratu Gidado which occurred within the week which it said has left Nigeria’s movie industry in a state of mourning.


It will be recalled that the film industry a few weeks ago also lost one of Nigeria’s finest screen actors and Nollywood icon John Okafor aka Mr. Ibu, who was laid to rest, recently.


The NFC in a statement issued by its Director of Public Affairs vowed to intensify its advocacy for the implementation of safety working conditions in the motion industry.


Dr. Ali Nuhu, NFC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive, described the deaths as heart wrenching for colleagues and film industry stakeholders.


NFC, Dr. Nuhu averred, will continue to advocate and support film industry policy initiatives that promote friendly and safety working conditions including medical, health and life insurance schemes for stakeholders.

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He said “stakeholders have been pained by the frequent and recent losses, robbing the country of legendary filmmakers who have impacted and contributed greatly to the growth of Nigeria’s film industry.


“Saratu Gidado, caught the fancy and interest of Nigerians, particularly as a lead character in several of Kannywood films – such as Linzami Da Wuta, Gidauniya; and was a Zuma Film Festival, 2023 LifeTime Achievers Award, but sadly succumbed to death in the early hours of Tuesday April 9th 2024.


“John Paul Odonwodo’s role in showcasing the professional competencies and screen delivery by actors is remarkable as could be found in Honey Money, Blood Affair and Wrong Initiation, while John Okafor’s deliveries that evoked laughter and comic reliefs leaves behind a gap to be filled. Both refined gentlemen shall be greatly missed.


Dr. Ali Nuhu, commiserates with the immediate families, friends and associates of the deceased, as well as the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).