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US-born Nigerian Actress, Ade, Breaks Silence On Alleged 150k Indebtedness To Late Murphy Afolabi

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The US-born Nigerian actress, Adunni Ade, has refuted the allegation that she was owing the late actor, Murphy Afolabi, N150,000 before his death.

Murphy Afolabi died on Sunday, May 14, 2023, after he reportedly slipped and fell in the bathroom.

During his eight-day Muslim burial prayers, on Monday 22, an Islamic cleric accused Adunni Ade of owing the late actor.

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The cleric said the actress and other Nollywood actors owed Afolabi before his demise, and they should refund the money.

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But, In her reaction to the allegation by her lawyer, the actress took to her Instagram account on Tuesday, May 23, and dismissed the accusation.

She said she refunded the late actor the sum of N150,000 sent to her for a movie role in 2021.

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The actress, who shared a screenshot of her bank statement, said, “Sometimes in July 2021, the late Mr Murphy Afolabi reached out to me, requiring my services for a movie production.

“He appealed to me stating that it was a self-funded production that he couldn’t afford my professional fee, but that he would need my moral support.

“I asked how many scenes and duration expected of me on set. He said 10 scenes and that I would spend one day. He offered to ‘fuel my car’ as honorarium, which payment was made on 02 July 2021 for N150,000.

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“Unfortunately, on 11 July 2021 shortly before the commencement of the production, I lost my younger brother. I contacted Mr Murphy Afolabi a few days afterwards to request for his bank account details, to send him a refund, as I would be travelling to the United States for my younger brother’s funeral, and to spend time with the rest of my family.

“He insisted I held on to the money while he figured out whether to move the shoot forward or contact me for another one.

“I returned to Lagos end of September 2021 and waited for his call. Mr. Murphy Afolabi contacted me on 08 October 2021 and said he wanted to start a new job soon and needed me for 4 days, playing the lead but for the same amount of N150,000 which he had paid in July.

“I respectfully declined, requested his bank account details, and transferred to his bank account the full refund of N150,000 on the same day, 08 October 2021.”

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Family Announces Burial Arrangement For Nollywood Actor, Muonagor

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The family of the late Nollywood actor, Amaechi Muonagor, has announced his burial date.

According to a burial poster signed by his family, the legendary actor would be buried in his hometown in Ugamuma village, Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

According to the poster, friends, fans, and well-wishers are invited to join the family in paying their final respects to the late actor, “whose contributions to the film industry have left an indelible mark”.

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The poster indicated that the burial ceremony will commence on Thursday, June 20, 2024, with a service of songs at his residence by 6pm

On Friday, June 21, 2024, the funeral service will begin at 7am, with the body leaving Crown Hospital Mortuary to his residence for lying in state.

The burial service will follow at 10 am at his residence, Nze Amaechi Muonagor, School of Health, Ugamuma Obosi.

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Interment will take place immediately after the service at his compound in Ugamuma village.

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The ceremony will conclude with an outing thanksgiving service at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Ugamuma Obosi, on Sunday, June 23, 2024, by 10 am.

The poster read partly, “The entire family of Z.O. Muonagor of Umuokor sub-family Umudulor in Ugamuma village, Obosi, wishes to honour the loving memory of our son, father, husband, brother, and uncle, Nze Amaechi Muonago.

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“Even in death, he has left a legacy of love and exceptional artistry that will be cherished forever.

“We would appreciate your esteemed presence as we lay to rest our beloved son, husband, father, brother, and uncle. Join us in celebrating the life of a Nollywood icon.”

The actor died on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at the age of 67, after suffering from protracted kidney-related issues, diabetes, and stroke.

Before his death, the deceased was known for his mastery in interpreting roles in movies and endeared himself to audiences with his versatility in both comical and epic movies.

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Otedola Daughter, DJ Cuppy Appointed By British Monarchy, Father Congratulates Her

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Billionaire businessman, Femi Otodola has congratulated his daughter, Florence Otedola, aka DJ Cuppy, on her recent appointment as King’s Trust International Ambassador to King Charles III.

The British monarch King Charles III had invited DJ Cuppy to a reception at Buckingham Palace in celebration of The King’s Trust Awards 2024.

Sharing a picture from his daughter’s meeting with King Charles III via his Instagram page, Otedola lauded DJ Cuppy for “brilliantly” representing Nigeria and congratulated her on her new role as Trust International Ambassador.

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He captioned the photo, “Our CuppyMusic is going places! His Majesty King Charles III invited Ms Cuppy to Buckingham Palace, and she represented us brilliantly [Nigeria flag emoji].

“Congratulations on your new role as a King’s Trust International Ambassador.”

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Tears, As Jnr. Pope Is Laid To Rest In Enugu

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The sleepy town of Uwala Abaka, Ukehe, in Nsukka, Igboetiti Local Government Area of Enugu State, was enveloped by sadness and grief, as the remains of one of their illustrious sons, actor John Odonwodo, popularly known as Junior Pope was laid to rest.

The burial rites commenced at 10 am with a commendation mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Parish, Ukehe, and lying-in-state at his father’s compound, where family members, well-wishers, colleagues and friends had the final glimpse of the late actor before the body was moved to a private venue for internment at about 1.30 pm.

The atmosphere at the burial ceremony was somber as colleagues and fans gathered to pay their final respects to the late actor.

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The late actor’s wife, Jennifer Awele couldn’t back tears as she was sighted weeping profusely at the commencement of the final funeral procession.

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Her first son, who was trying to console his mother by wiping the tears off her face, equally broke down in tears. Unfortunately, some of the A-list actors and actresses, including the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, were visibly missing at the burial ceremony.

The 43-year-old actor died alongside four other people on April 10, after their boat capsized in the Anam River, in Anambra State, while returning from a movie shoot.

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Speaking at the burial ceremony, veteran actress Rita Edochie said that she was heartbroken when she heard the sad news of Junior Pope’s death.

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