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Nollywood Mourns: Remembering the Legacy of Iconic Actors Lost in 2024


In 2024, Nollywood, the Nigerian movie industry faced the loss of several prominent actors. Among them are Mr. Ibu and Sisi Quadri, whose passing has been especially impactful.

The industry has experienced the departure of many seasoned and emerging talents over the years.

As we remember these late actors, it is important to acknowledge their significant contributions to Nigeria’s film industry.

Here are some Nollywood actors who have passed away in 2024:

– Olofa Ina:

Deji Aderemi, known as Olofa Ina, passed away on January 4 at 73 due to cancer in Lagos.

– Ethel Ekpe:

Actress Ethel Ekpe, who played Segi in *Basi and Company*, died on February 7 after a long battle with cancer.

– Sisi Quadri:

Yoruba actor Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, known as Sisi Quadri, died on March 1 at age 44. His death was announced by his colleagues.

– Mr. Ibu:

On March 2, comedian John Okafor, known as Mr. Ibu, passed away at 62. He was a beloved figure in Nollywood.

– Amaechi Muonagor:

On March 24, veteran actor Amaechi Muonagor died after battling kidney disease. He had recently sought help for a kidney transplant.

– Aderounmu Adejumoke:

Known for her role as Esther in *Jenifa’s Diary*, Adejumoke Oreoluwa Aderounmu passed away on April 7.

– Junior Pope:

Junior Pope Odonwodo died on April10 while filming in Asaba. He passed away in a boating accident.

These losses have deeply affected Nollywood and its fans, highlighting the importance of the actors’ legacies and their lasting influence on the industry.

From Cameroon to Nollywood Stardom: The Journey of Junior Pope, Celebrated Actor and Philanthropist!

Pope Obumneme Odonwodo, widely known as Junior Pope, is a renowned Nollywood actor, model, and philanthropist hailing from the Ukehe tribe in Enugu State, Nigeria. Born on 7th May 1984 in Bamenda, Cameroon, to Mr. and Mrs. Luke Odonwodo, Junior Pope spent his formative years in Cameroon before moving to Nigeria for his tertiary education.


He completed his primary and secondary education in Cameroon before pursuing a degree in Accountancy at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Enugu State. In 2006, he delved into the world of Nollywood and showcased his talent in numerous films, carving a niche for himself portraying roles as guards and servants.


Junior Pope’s breakthrough came in 2007 when he starred in the hit movie “Secret Adventures,” directed by Tchidi Chikere. This role catapulted him to fame, thanks to the renowned director. Throughout his career, he has featured in over 100 movies, including notable titles like “Mad Sex,” “Bitter Generation,” and “Vengeance of Bullet.” In recognition of his talent, he received the Nollywood Most Promising Actor award at the Entertainment Factory Awards in 2010.


On 26th July 2014, Junior Pope tied the knot with Jennifer Awele Okpuno, and their union has been blessed with three boys. Let’s join hands in wishing Junior Pope continued success and fulfillment in his career and personal life. 🙏🏼

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