Legendary Nollywood Actor Mr. Ibu Passes Away at 62

The Nollywood film industry is in mourning after the passing of beloved comedian and actor John Okafor, better known by his iconic stage name Mr. Ibu. Mr. Ibu passed away at the age of 62 on March 2nd, 2024, while receiving treatment at a hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. His death has been reported by multiple Nigerian news outlets.

While an official statement from his family is pending, Mr. Ibu rose to fame over two decades ago with his starring role in the film “Mr. Ibu,” the name that stuck and became his artistic identity.

The actor’s health struggles were largely unknown until his 62nd birthday celebration in October of last year, which he spent hospitalized. He used the occasion to appeal for financial assistance with his medical bills. His family revealed that he suffered from blood clotting in his leg, along with other health complications. Following seven surgeries, Mr. Ibu’s leg was amputated in November 2023 in an effort to save his life.

Sadly, controversy also surrounded Mr. Ibu’s family. His two children, Daniel Okafar and his adopted daughter Jasmine Chioma, were arrested after allegedly accessing Mr. Ibu’s phone without permission and withdrawing USD 60,700 (approximately 154.2 million Tanzanian shillings) in funds donated for his medical treatment.

In 2019, Mr. Ibu raised concerns that some of his own relatives had paid his domestic staff to poison him due to his success. He made further poisoning allegations in May 2022, stating he had become “half a person, half a corpse.” He shared, “I’ve seen people from the other side of the world, but God brought my life back. I told the doctors to fight for me; if I died, my enemies would rejoice.”

Mr. Ibu’s death is a significant loss to the Nollywood industry. His unique comedic timing and memorable performances brought joy to countless fans across generations.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ibu.


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