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Nigerians mourn veteran Nollywood actor John Okafor aka Mr Ibu

By Frank Ulom

Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn the passing away of veteran Nollywood actor, John Okafor aka Mr Ibu.

The actor who had been battling with sickness died at Evercare Hospital, Lekki, Lagos.

According to Channels TV, Mr Ibu died of cardiac arrest after he had a relapse about a week ago when he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Evercare Hospital, a few days ago.

Nigerians mourn veteran Nollywood actor John Okafor aka Mr Ibu
John Okafor aka Mr Ibu in ICU

The President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, has confirmed Mr Ibu’s death. “Sad day for Actors Guild of Nigeria.

“Kate Henshaw lost her mother earlier today and Mr Ibu suffered cardiac arrest according to his manager for 24 years, Mr Don Single Nwuzor.

“I announce with (a) deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didn’t make it,” Rollas said.

CONVERSEER reports that Mr Ibu underwent surgery to remove one of his legs last year.

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Following the reports of Mr Ibu’s death, Nigerians took to X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday evening to mourn the 62-year-old actor who is also a comedian.

Abazz – Rest in peace Africa’s funniest Actor, Mr Ibu. Thank you for making our childhood fun.

Sperratto – Mr Ibu fans won’t skip this post. Rest in peace Nollywood Comic Actor John Okafor

MissYem K – “It hurts to hear of your Passing, Mr Ibu. All we have now is the good memories you put together for us in your movies. Thank you for making our childhood incredible. Generations will hear about what an absolute legend you are, I swear. Rest on Sir!

Ruth – Rest in peace, Mr Ibu. A huge loss.

Pharaoh – RIP Mr Ibu. You made our childhood fun! You’ll forever be fondly remembered. Rest easy legend.

Arsenal Techy – Nothing way Mr Ibu never act. He will be forever missed.

Benkingsley Nwashara – Mr Ibu is finally resting. You fought well legend! Rest in peace Mr Legend.

Nigerians mourn veteran Nollywood actor John Okafor aka Mr Ibu
John Okafor aka Mr Ibu

Biography of John Okafor aka Mr Ibu

John Ikechukwu Okafor, (born 17 October 1961) popularly known as Mr Ibu, is a Nigerian actor and comedian.

Okafor is considered to be one of Nigeria’s most talented and highly paid-comic characters. His humorous acting is often characterised by stupidity, hilarious character, and a sharp disconnection from reality.

He hails from Nkanu West L.G.A., Enugu State. After elementary school, in 1974, Okafor moved to Sapele to stay with his brother, after his father’s demise. In Sapele, he did menial jobs so he could sponsor himself to school and support his family.

He then worked as a hairstylist, ventured into photography and also worked in a company that produces crates. After secondary school, he was admitted into the College of Education, Yola, but pulled out due to financial difficulties.

He later enrolled in the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu as soon as he was financially able to.

He has acted in more than 200 Nollywood movies including Mr Ibu (2004), Mr Ibu and His Son, Coffin Producers, Husband Suppliers, International Players, Mr Ibu in London (2004), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and many other.

One of his major hits that got him the name Mr Ibu was “Mr Ibu and His Son” in which he played the role of a father to Osita Iheme aka Paw Paw which got everyone laughing till date.

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Frank Ulom
Frank Ulom
Frank Ulom is an experienced Journalist, Blogger and Writer with several years of experience. His stories are based on community development and have brought positive change across board.

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