The peace in Nollywood, and by extension, a large part of the country, was shattered on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, when a popular actor, Pope Odonwodo, known as Junior Pope, and three others were confirmed dead.

They met their demise when the boat they were traveling in after returning from a movie set capsized in the river in Asaba, Delta State.


Jnr Pope River Death: What Happens When A Person Isn't Buried By The River?

Following this heartbreaking incident, online discussions buzzed about where to lay Junior Pope to rest.

Some argued for a burial by the riverside, in line with tradition, while others suggested alternative arrangements.

As of Friday, April 12, 2024, they had moved his body to Enugu after performing rituals to appease the river goddess.


What Happens If the Rituals Were Not Performed?

If they didn’t perform the rituals to appease the river goddess according to beliefs, several things might occur.

1. Restless Spirits

People believe that without the proper rituals, Junior Pope’s spirit could become restless, unable to find peace in the afterlife.

2. Strange Occurrences

In communities where traditions are deeply respected, people might experience strange occurrences.

These could range from unexplained noises to objects moving without cause.


3. Feeling of Unease

Some people may feel a sense of unease or discomfort, as if someone is watching them.

4. Lingering Presence

Without the right burial rituals, Junior Pope’s spirit may stay in familiar places like his home.



People also read: See Identities Of Crew Members Who Drowned With Junior Pope


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