Celebrated Nollywood Actor Mr Ibu is Dead


Celebrated Nollywood actor John Okafor, aka Mr Ibu, is dead.

The actor passed away at age 62 at Evercare Hospital in Lagos on Saturday, March 2.

The actor’s family has yet to release an official statement.

The seriousness of Mr Ibu’s sickness became apparent after photos of the actor in a hospital bed leaked online in October 2023.

The actor was struggling with blood clots in his leg and other health conditions.

Mr Ibu underwent several operations, including one that saw one of his legs amputated in an effort to save his life.

“The first amputation (of his leg) didn’t completely correct his health predicament, so the doctors had to go ahead and amputate the same leg further to ensure we didn’t lose him,” his daughter, Valatine Okafor, revealed in December 2023.

Mr Ibu is one of Africa’s most celebrated comic actors, with many starring roles to his credit.

Okafor is known for witty movies that portray humour in daily events.

Prominent Nigerian actors, leaders, and netizens mourned the talented actor, with many recalling his humour.
Here are some of the messages:

Senator Shehu Sani: The news of the passing away of comic actor Mr Ibu is sad and unfortunate. A distinguished artist who made us laugh,smile and lighten up our lives with his unique talent and humorous creativity. For decades, he has been a delightful spice in our homes and hearts. A great loss to our country and the entertainment industry. May his soul rest in peace.

Mr Kay: “RIP to Mr Ibu, you fought a good fight, and it’s unfortunate that the cold hands of death took you away from us. You’re in a better place, and Nigerians will surely miss you and your legacy. Rest in paradise.”

EBenzTM: Mr. Ibu was really funny, and he had a special way of making us laugh with his funny faces. He was also a nice person who treated everyone kindly. His jokes will keep making people smile for a long time, and his name has been written in the sand of time.

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He celebrated the 40th year of his film career in September 2023.

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