Things You Probably Don’t Know About Nollywood Actor John Okafor (Mr Ibu)

Mr Ibu | CenzoNaija
Mr Ibu | CenzoNaija

The death of the famous Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu is a great lost to the Nollywood industry and the country at large. Mr Ibu was a Nigerian comic actor, He is well known around the world for the comic roles he played in movies.

John Okafor hails from the Nkanu West local government area of Enugu State, was born in October 1961. His full name is John Ikechukwu Okafor. After elementary school in 1974, he moved to Sapele to stay with his brother after the demise of their father.

He did menial jobs in Sapele so he could sponsor himself in school and support his family. He worked as a hairstylist, ventured into photography, and also worked for a company that produces crates. He was admitted to the College of Education, Yola, but pulled out because of financial incapability.

He later enrolled in the Institute of Management and Technology (IMF), Enugu, to acquire more education when he became financially stable. He was survived by his second wife, Stella Maris Okafor, and children, Emmanuel Mandela Okafor (later Chelsea Okafor) and Jay Jay Okafor; he also adopted a daughter called Jazmine.

John Okafor rose to fame about two decades ago, precisely in 2004, in one of his films titled MR. IBU, where he featured Osita Iheme, popularly known as Popo. The film title became his long-time career nickname. That movie (MR. IBU) is still regarded as one of the best Nigerian performances in a comic role.

Mr Ibu, as he is well known, has starred in more than 200 Nollywood films. Some of his famous movies includes Mr Ibu, Mr Ibu and His Son, Coffin Producers, Husband Suppliers, International Players, Mr. Ibu in London, Police Recruits and many others. 
In 2020, he also ventured into music, where he released two singles titled “Do You Know” and “This Girl.”
In October last year, Mr. Ibu fell ill, which led to one of his legs being amputated in November 2023 to keep him alive.
Mr Ibu finally gave up the ghost on March 2, 2024 at the Evercare Hospital, Lekki Lagos, Nigeria.

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