Popular Nigerian Actor John Okafor ‘Mr Ibu’ Dies

Nollywood veteran actor John Okafor, who is popularly known as Mr Ibu, has died. He was 62 years old.

Mr Ibu passed away last night on the 2nd of March, 2024. He reportedly died of cardiac arrest at Evercare Hospital in Lekki after being moved to the intensive care unit a few days ago

Veteran Nigerian Actor John Okafor "Mr Ibu" Has Died
Veteran Nigerian Actor John Okafor  Has Died (Image Credit: Facebook)

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Emeka Rollas, the National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), confirmed Mr Ibu’s death on his Instagram page. He wrote;

“…Mr Ibu suffered cardiac arrest according to his manager of 24 years, Mr Don Single Nwuzor.

“I announce with deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didn’t make it. May his soul rest in peace.”

He had been grappling with health struggles since last year. The 62-year-old actor battled an undisclosed severe illness that affected both his mobility and appearance.

In an attempt to save his life, he underwent seven surgeries. Unfortunately, the severity of his condition led to the amputation of one of his legs in November 2023.

As time passed, his condition worsened, resulting in difficulties in speech and, tragically, his untimely death.

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Renowned for his acting prowess and comedic roles, he was considered one of the legendary actors in Nollywood.

His illustrious career spanned decades. He featured in numerous film such as “Mr Ibu and Son,” “Police Recruit, “and “Mr Ibu in London” which solidified him as one of Nollywood’s most talented comedians in Nigeria.

As tributes flow in, fans and colleagues continue to honour his legacy, emphasizing his significant contributions to the film industry and his pivotal role in shaping the Nollywood comedy industry.

Here are some of the condolences messages;


Rest in peace Africa’s funniest Actor, Mr Ibu. 🕊️

Thank you for making our childhood fun❤️


Watching Mr Ibu will make you forget about ur problems, especially a combo of him and Pawpaw… he gave his all, Rest in Peace Legend 😢😰😭


May his Gentle soul rest in perfect peace


Mr Ibu was a Nollywood legend

We will always remember how you made us laugh

And his memories will always remain with us forever. RIP Mr Ibu

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