Nollywood stars mourn demise of Mr. Ibu


Mr. Ibu

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Nollywood stars have mourned the death of popular actor and comedian, John Okafor, known as Mr. Ibu who died at the age of 62 on Saturday.

Mr. Ibu died of Cardiac arrest on Saturday after protracted illness.

National President, Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas wrote on his Instagram page: “I announce with deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didn’t make it. May his soul rest in peace.”

Actress Iheme Nancy reacted with sad emoji “chaiiii.”

Actor Kalu Daniel Olaedo wrote: “Oh my goodness God .”

Actress Mercy Johnson-Okojie simply reacted to Mr. Ibu’s death by saying “It is well….Rest well Sir……”

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Actress Ruth Kadiri wrote: “Sleep well PAPA.”

In October 2023, the actor revealed that he was suffering from an ailment that threatened to amputate one of his legs. He said he was struck by the problem while on a movie set with other Nollywood actors and actresses.

The actor had appealed to his fans and the public for prayers and financial assistance to cover his medical bills. He also shared a video of himself lying in a hospital bed, expressing his fear of losing his leg.

n November 2023, Okafor underwent a leg amputation after suffering from an illness that required seven surgeries.

His family said the amputation was done to keep him alive and increase his chances of recovery.

The actor had acted in more than 200 Nollywood movies including Mr. Ibu (2004), Mr. Ibu 2 (2005), Mr. Ibu and His Son, Coffin Producers, Husband Suppliers, International Players, Mr.Ibu in London (2005), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and Keziah (2007).


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