Nollywood Boat Mishap: Body of Late Make-Up Artist Lay To Rest at Hometown.

By Amaka Ebube

The body of the late Nollywood make-up artist, Abigail Edith Frederick, who tragically died in a boat mishap last Wednesday, has been laid to rest in her hometown of Ikot Udoma, Eket Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.

Tears flowed freely as family members mourned the 24-year-old artist during her burial on Monday. Frederick lost her life, alongside five other film practitioners, including Junior Pope, when their boat capsized in the River Niger.

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, had visited the family over the weekend and directed that Frederick’s remains, previously buried by the River Niger, be exhumed for a proper burial in her home state.

The funeral service, conducted by the Church of Christ, Ikot Udoma, was attended by various dignitaries, including Eket Transition Committee Chairman, Akaniyene Tommey; Commissioner for Tourism, Charles Udoh; SA on Entertainment, Moses Eskor; and Nollywood actress, Eve Esin, among others.

During his visit, Governor Eno announced automatic employment for Frederick’s elder sister and directed the renovation of the family house. He expressed his condolences, saying, “This is deeply unfortunate. A young girl, 24 years old, who finished her National Youth Service Programme just last year, and decided to pursue her passion… Sadly, her life ended the way it did.”

Governor Eno emphasized the state’s support for its people, stating, “You know Akwa Ibomites are like Americans. We don’t leave each other behind. The government will be with the family and support them.”

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