Popular actor, Pope Odonwodo, popularly known as Junior Pope, who recently got a Lexus jeep Gx-470 as a car gift from Five Star Music boss, E-Money, has debunked rumours that he begged the billionaire for the car.
After the actor took to Instagram to appreciate E-Money for the gift, many of his fans congratulated him and thanked E-Money for his generosity but, some followers insinuated that Pope begged for it or it could be a publicity stunt.
Debunking the rumours, Pope opened up to Sunday Scoop, “Why would I do that? I have three cars of my own. I wasn’t even expecting the gift when it came. We have been friends for some years and he has always said that he likes the way I love my family. Then, all of a sudden, this came. It was actually a gift for my second son, who is E-Money’s godson. He turned three years old recently. I guess it was a birthday gift of sorts for the boy.
“Anyway, people can say whatever balderdash they like; I don’t care.”
And about the issue of giveaways which has become a hot topic online, with some entertainers saying that some fans had become entitled and always demanded for it, Junior Pope said the practice wasn’t compulsory.
He stated, “Every Monday (weekly), I give out airtime vouchers to my followers on social media and it has even become some sort of ritual. But I am not mandated to do that, though some fans make it seem like it is their right to get such giveaways. It is at a celebrity’s discretion to do giveaways because it is the person’s money. We all know that Nigeria is tough but the fans shouldn’t take it out on celebs.”
Junior Pope also stressed that in 2020, he hoped to produce his own movies instead of always working for other people. He said, “This year, I’m looking forward to producing more of my own movies. I have worked so much for others; I think it’s high time I started working for myself.”