The Nigerian entertainment industry is mourning the loss of one of its talented personalities, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, who passed away on Saturday March 2, 2024, at the age of 62 from cardiac arrest.

Born on October 17, 1961, in Nkanu West Local Government of Enugu State. Despite facing numerous challenges early in life, including financial struggles and the loss of his father, Mr. Ibu pursued his passion for acting, eventually becoming one of the most remarkable faces in Nollywood.

Mr. Ibu rose to fame in 2004 with the release of the iconic film “Mr. Ibu,” which not only showcased his comedic genius but also earned him the nickname ‘Mr. Ibu’.

Mr. Ibu

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Whether portraying a clown or a lovable father figure, Mr. Ibu effortlessly combine humor with social commentary, using his performances to address important issues while still entertaining audiences

He appeared in over 200 Nollywood films like Mr. Ibu and Son, Mr. Ibu in London, A fool at 40, Coffin Producers and Husband Suppliers. His comedic timing and natural flair for humor made him a favorite actor among audiences.

In addition to his film roles, Mr. Ibu also ventured into music, releasing singles like “This Girl” and “Do You Know” in October 2020. 

However, In 2023 Mr. Ibu faced serious health challenges, including a battle with diabetes that ultimately led to the amputation of one of his legs. 

Despite his struggles, he remained resilient drawing strength from the outpouring of love and support from fans, colleagues, wife and his adopted daughter Chioma Jasmine Okafor who made TikTok videos with him to make him happy.

The news of Mr. Ibu’s passing attracted tributes pouring in from across the globe. Celebrities, colleagues and fans have taken to social media to post funny clips and express their condolences

In the words of one fan, “Rip to the finest actor of all time. You made our childhood memorable.” Indeed, Mr. Ibu’s laughter will echo in our hearts for generations to come.

“Rest in peace Mr. Ibu (John Okafor) – one of my favorite actors of all time. You brought so much joy and laughter onto so many faces” ~ David Lewis

“It is well…rest well, sir.” ~ Actress Mercy Johnson-Okojie

Rest well, Mr Ibu. We will miss you, brother.” ~ P-Square

“Sleep well, Papa.” ~ Actress and film Producer Ruth Kadiri

Just as I tweeted my condolence on the death of Nollywood actor Sisi Quadri, a lot of people, through my comments section, called my attention to the death of veteran Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu” ~ Peter Obi  


“The passing of John Okafor aka Mr. Ibu is a sad chapter in Nigerian entertainment history. Let’s take solace in the fact that his works will live on and will inspire generations unborn. RIP to one of the greats”. ~ Bovi

As fans continue to celebrate his life and work, Mr. Ibu will forever be remembered as a true legend of Nollywood.

By: Precious Ndukwe

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