Nollywood actor, Mr Ibu, dies at 62

VETERAN Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, has passed away at the age of 62.

He died on Saturday, March 2 in a hospital in Lagos State.

The news of his death comes less than 24 hours after the demise of another veteran actor, Quadri Oyabamiji, widely known as Sisi Quadri.

In 2023, The ICIR reported that the family of late Mr Ibu had taken to social media to solicit support from the public after which they revealed he had seven successful surgeries, including the amputation of one of his legs.

Confirming the death of the actor, the president of Action Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, revealed that the actor had suffered cardiac arrest for years.

“Sad day for Actors Guild of Nigeria. Mr Ibu suffered cardiac arrest according to his manager, Mr Don Single Nwuzor, for 24 years. I announce with deep sense of grief that Mt Ibu didn’t make it. May his soul rest In peace”, he said.



    Mr Ibu was well-known and admired in Nigeria for his comic parts in films. His long career extended several decades, and he appeared in countless films, being one of Nollywood’s most famous faces.

    As tributes flow in, many Nigerians have taken to social media to reminisce his legacy, noting his contributions to the film industry and his active roles in promoting comedy through movies.

    Mourning his demise, an Instagram user, @chyddo in his post said, “This man gave us so much to live for, laugh for and feel for. The fun, the childhood memories; he gave us everything and more…For all the happiness he brought, his name will always be remembered”

    Another user, @poshest_hope said, “It’s just unimaginable how fickle life is. One moment, a bubbling spark, the next, the silence of nothing. Thank you Mr Ibu for spreading happiness and bring a part of our childhood memories. RIP legend”.

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