Top Nollywood actor Jnr Pope is dead after drowning
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After reportedly being involved in a boat accident, Nollywood actor Junior Pope Odonwodo, aka Jnr Pope, has been the subject of much speculation.

On Wednesday, numerous Nigerian media outlets reported that the actor drowned while filming in the River Niger.

This was followed by unconfirmed reports of his death. However, contradicting information has emerged online after Emeka Rollas, the national president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), announced late on Wednesday that the actor was responding to medical treatment.

"What God cannot do does not exist. Junior Pope is alive. He is taking treatment in the hospital," he posted on Instagram.

But he deleted the post 30 minutes later, causing further confusion.

The tragic incident happened hours after Jnr Pope shared a video while on a boat, begging the captain to be careful as he navigates the waters.

"See me lamenting……The risk we take to entertain you; crossing river 9ja yesterday with no life jacket…… Na wahoooooo …. Who does that ??," Jnr Pope captioned the video.

In the video in question, he could be heard warning the man in control of his boat to please take it easy moments before his boat allegedly capsized.

“I have 3 kids na me go raise them, Na only me my mama born oh… “Make una see di risk wey we dey take to entertain una. I dey River Niger, I dey beg di captain say I be di only pikin for my family and I get three pikin wey I go raise,” he said in part.

Two other yet-to-be-identified members of the film's production team also reportedly drowned, but there's no update about them yet.

By the time of publishing this article, it's not yet clear if the actor is still alive or not but we will keep you updated.