The remains of talented Nollywood makeup artist, Ms. Abigail Frederick, who tragically lost her life in a boat accident that also claimed the life of Nollywood star actor, Junior Pope has now been reburied in Akwa Ibom State.

The burial ceremony which was sponsored by Akwa Ibom state government took place on Monday, 15th of April.

Junior Pope: Late Nollywood makeup artist, Abigail Frederick, reburied in Akwa Ibom
Late Abigail Frederick

The tragic incident occurred last week Wednesday while the Thespians were returning from a movie location with others on the Anam River in Anambra State.

Gistreel reports that Abigail was initially buried by the river bank after her parents could not afford a certain amount of money demanded by the villagers for rituals and the cost of bringing her remains home for burial.

However, the Akwa Ibom State governor, Umo Eno, who had commiserated the family ordered the exhumation of her body from the riverside for proper burial.

The government claimed that it was not aware of such situation and ordered her body to be exhumed and evacuated to her home State for proper burial.

Junior Pope: Late Nollywood makeup artist, Abigail Frederick, reburied in Akwa Ibom
The arrival of Late Abigail’s remains in her hometown

Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Eno, Ekerete Udoh, who spoke on behalf of his boss at the weekend, said:,”One of the victims of that accident, Ms. Abigael Edith Frederick, was a quintessential example of our young people who have hearkened to our clarion call for them to ‘Arise and Shine’. She was a 24 year-old graduate of Theatre Arts, who had found her passion as a make-up artiste.

“We are deeply saddened by her painful passing and on behalf of the Government and people of Akwa Ibom State, we sympathise with her family, the Nollywood community and her friends and colleagues over this sad loss.

“We have also followed and read the reportage, especially on the social media platforms surrounding her burial and wish to state categorically that, government was not informed of the circumstances that led to her burial.

Governor Umo Eno has consequently directed that her body be brought back to her family for a proper and decent burial. As the famous theme song of the Liverpool Football Club goes, the bereaved family will not ‘walk alone’.”


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