Junior Pope: Rita Edochie Sadly Refuses to Celebrate Her Birthday, Dedicates It to Late Actor

Junior Pope: Rita Edochie Sadly Refuses to Celebrate Her Birthday, Dedicates It to Late Actor

  • Veteran Nigerian actress Rita Edochie has chosen to honour Junior Pope on her birthday
  • Recall that the role interpreter lost his life alongside four other crew members during a marine accident in Anambra state
  • Rita recalled how the departed actor always celebrated her past birthdays as she mourned the huge loss

Veteran Nigerian actress Rita Edochie has chosen not to celebrate her birthday as she grieves the death of the late actor Pope Obumneme Odonwodo, aka Junior Pope.

Recall that the departed thespian and four other crew members died in a boat accident in Anam River while going to shoot a movie 'The Other Side of Life' produced by Adanma Luke.

Rita Edochie mourns Junior Pope on her birthday
Rita Edochie dedicates her birthday to mourning the late Junior Pope. Credit: @ritaedocie
Source: Instagram

Rita Edochie disclosed that her birthday was on Tuesday, April 16, and that she has decided to use this special day of hers to mourn her son, Junior Pope, whose death she still finds difficult to accept.

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The vibrant actress reflected on how Junior Pope would usually acknowledge her birthday with messages, calls, and social media posts featuring her pictures.

However, the absence of such posts and calls on this particular birthday served as a painful reminder of his death. She wrote on her Instagram page:

"THIS SON OF MINE DOES NOT MISS MY BIRTHDAY EVERY YEAR, HE POSTS MY PICTURES, WRITES AND CALLS ME, I AM ACTUALLY EXPECTING A PHONE CALL OR A MESSAGE FROM HIM OR A POST FROM HIS PAGE WITH MY PICTURES REGARDING MY BIRTHDAY TODAY THE 16TH APRIL, IF AT THE END OF TODAY I DO NOT GET ANY REACTION FROM HIM, THEN IT WILL DAWN ON ME THAT OBUMNEME NWAM IS NO LONGER HERE.NO DEATH IN NOLLYWOOD HAS MADE ME THIS CRAZY. OBUMNEME IS JUST TOO YOUNG FOR THIS."

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See her post below:

Netizens join Rita Edochie to mourn Junior Pope

Legit.ng compiled the reactions below:

mayyuledochie:

"It is well. It is still your birthday momma. May God almighty continue to bless and elevate you."

officialblessingnwankwo1:

"His love for his family was too much. How will they go through this. How do we ever forget d SWAG this guy brought. Hmmmmmm..JP, ur death broke our hearts. Ya diba."

wardcarlisa395:

"Happy blessed birthday mummy @ritaedochie ,I wish you long life and prosperity in good health and strength, have a fantastic birthday."

hajia_kasoa:

"I dropped tears. Edey pain me like he is my blood.Happy birthday mama it’s well.mama it’s well

bensonokonkwo

"Happy birthday a woman with a heart of goldcan’t love you lessrest in peace my friend junior pope."

miss__solace:

"Happy birthday ma. I don’t know JP in person but I haven’t felt this way before about any celebrity. I wish he was alive to know how much he is loved. I still don’t believe till this moment."

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Why Zubby Micheal can’t mourn Jnr Pope

Popular Nigerian actress Angela Okorie came for her colleague Zubby Micheal after he was queried about not publicly mourning Junior Pope.

Legit.ng earlier reported that netizens swamped Zubby's Instagram page, criticising him for not paying last respect to the actor, who lost his life in a tragic accident.

Angela responded to the agitation stirred by Zubby's recent post, where he was spotted having a peaceful time in a restaurant.

Source: Legit.ng

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