Take It Back Movement Calls for Safer Working Conditions, Empathetic Society After Tragic Death of Junior Pope

The Take It Back Movement is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Junior Pope, a talented actor who embodied the creativity and potential of Nigerian youth. This tragedy serves as a sobering reminder that the foundation upon which our country’s creative industries, including Hollywood, music, and sports, thrive is our youthful and dynamic population. We must honor Junior Pope’s legacy by ensuring that the safety and well-being of young Nigerians are a top priority.

The tragic and entirely avoidable death of Junior Pope, has once again exposed the dire need for improved first aid training and better emergency services in our country.

The entertainment industry is a cornerstone of Nigeria’s international image, yet its performers are all too often let down by the system when disaster strikes. It is imperative that adequate education and training for first aid, and prioritize access to emergency medical services for everyone is paramount, especially in rural areas where such resources are scarce.

Moreover, we must challenge our society’s growing culture of apathy and voyeurism, where too often bystanders are more concerned with recording a tragedy than offering aid to those in need. We must reinforce a culture of empathy and compassion that encourages citizens to assist one another in times of crisis.

The loss of Junior Pope is not only a tragedy for his family and loved ones but also a loss for our nation. His passing serves as a painful reminder that we must prioritize the protection and wellbeing of our creative talents, many of whom are young adults with promising futures.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, we demand that the government take swift action to review existing safety regulations, enhance first aid training programs, and ensure that all industries prioritize the safety of their employees. We must create a culture of safety and empathy that values human life above all else.

Lastly, we call upon the relevant regulatory bodies, particularly those overseeing the entertainment industry, to immediately review existing safety regulations and enact new laws that prioritize the safety of performers, crew members, and all citizens. Safety should never be a secondary consideration, especially in an industry where people’s lives and livelihoods are on the line. We urge the authorities to act swiftly to prevent future tragedies like this from happening again.


Dr. Chudi Nwanyanwu
Director of Communications, TIB Global


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