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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. 🙏🏼

Youth protest in Cameroon over Macron’s insult to their leader

Scores of youths in Cameroon protested outside the French embassy in the capital, Yaoundé, over “insulting” remarks made by French President Emmanuel Macron on President Paul Biya.

This is after a video went viral on social media over the weekend of President Macron telling a Cameroonian activist in Paris that he had pressured Mr Biya to release opposition leader Maurice Kamto – who was eventually freed from jail after nine months in October 2019.

In the video, the French President was also heard saying that there were “intolerable human rights violations” taking place in Cameroon – a remark that came days after 22 people were killed by gunmen wearing military uniforms in Ngarbuh village in the country’s North-West region.

“I will call President Biya next week and we will put maximum pressure so that the situation ends,” Mr Macron told the activist.

The remarks have not been taken kindly by authorities in Yaoundé.

“We are comfortable with our president. He is a man of peace,” shouted one protester.

“France has no lessons to give Cameroon and Macron must apologise for insinuating that our president is his stooge,” said another.

And another simply carried a placard asking Macron to have respect for his elders, emphasising the fact that Cameroon is a sovereign state.

Civil activist Yvone Mumah Biya said the authorities were behind the protest.

“This is political manipulation. Somebody somewhere thinks they have not done their job well, and they think they can go and mobilise these youths,” she told the BBC.


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