WHAT KILLED MR IBU

John Okafor known to manay as Mr Ibu breathed his last on Saturday March 2, at a hospital in Lagos - Nigeria.

Mar 3, 2024 - 18:01
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WHAT KILLED MR IBU
PHOTO: Instagram. - Mr. Ibu was known for his comic roles in a career spanning over two decades

By Moses Olet Emor

Africa is mourning popular Nollywood actor John Okafor, better known as Mr Ibu, who has died at the age of 62.

Okafor rose to fame two decades ago in the film Mr Ibu - which became his nickname. It is still regarded as one of the best Nigerian performances in a comic role.

"I announce with deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didn't make it," said Actors Guild of Nigeria President Emeka Rollas on Saturday.

In October 2023, Mr Ibu revealed that he was suffering from an ailment suspected to be diabetes. He died of cardiac arrest on Saturday 2, at an undisclosed hospital in Lago, Nigeria.

According to local reports, Okafor died at an undisclosed hospital in Lagos state after suffering a long illness. 

The actor's health issues first came to public attention last year. One of his legs was amputated in November after fans donated to a crowd-funding scheme for his medical bills.

Since then, his son Daniel Okafor and adopted daughter Jasmine Chioma have been arrested on suspicion of hacking into his phone and taking $60,700 (Ushs 236m) for themselves.

The pair have not commented since their arrest in January and are expected to appear in court on 11 March for the next hearing.

Local media say he is survived by his 13 children.

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