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Uche Jombo, Emem Isong, others mourn Nollywood filmmaker, Ansa Kpokpogri

Top Nollywood filmmaker and Director, Ansa Bassey Kpokpogri has passed away. The Calabar-born mother of one reportedly died of pains from peptic ulcer.

The filmmaker who doubled as a mum and assistant to top Nollywood director, Emem Isong until her death was a married woman with a child.

One of the actresses who mourned her, Uche Jombo wrote “I am still in shock, this feels like a bad dream, my prayers are with your husband, family and young child. RIP Ansa, this is totally heart breaking” Jombo mourned on Instagram

Another actress “Yvonne Jegede wrote “Where do I start? Do I say I’m sorry now? Everyday I’m aware the world is not ours forever but you have made me realize it’s nothing to bother my head with. I learnt you had gone to rest and all that’s in my head is that stupid quarrel we had on set that I never tried to reach out to you to resolve. How do I keep calm? My heart went down my stomach, tears filled my eyes talking to Ayana on the phone. Young and overly dedicated to her craft, she will not back down if you don’t give her what she wants. Ansa, Rest In Peace. Please, focus on the things that matter and leave the rest. You might not have tomorrow to focus on the important things of life. Rest In Peace my Art Director Ansa #GodForgiveMe

Emem Isong also wrote “Ansa! How I wish you would Answer me! Where do I even start from? I have been trying to wrap my head around this but it is still not making sense. My goodness. This is one of the greatest shocks I have had in a long time. Words indeed fail me at this time but all I can say is God surely knows best. I can’t believe we are talking about you in past tense. The most loyal, hardworking, dedicated, supportive and greatest team player I have ever had the privilege of working with. You have left an indelible mark in my heart. The shoes you have left behind will be very difficult to fill. You made my life on set so easy because of your selflessness and diligence. The ‘bestest’ Assistant Director anyone could ever wish for. Rest well my sister and may your soul rest in perfect peace. We will miss you greatly. May God give your family and us the fortitude to bear this great loss. We love you but God loves you most.