Nollywood Mourns: Comedy Icon Mr. Ibu Passes Away at 62, Leaving Behind a Legacy of Laughter

Nollywood Mourns: Comedy Icon Mr. Ibu Passes Away at 62, Leaving Behind a Legacy of Laughter

Tragedy has struck the Nigerian entertainment industry as beloved veteran actor and comedian, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, has passed away at the age of 62. The news of his demise has left fans and colleagues in shock and mourning.

Mr. Ibu, known for his iconic roles in over 200 Nollywood films, including the popular "Mr. Ibu" series, had been battling health issues for some time. In November 2023, his family revealed that he underwent a series of surgeries, ultimately resulting in the amputation of his leg due to medical reasons.

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The President of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas Ejezie, took to social media to announce the heartbreaking news. According to Ejezie, Mr. Ibu suffered a cardiac arrest, as revealed by his manager of 25 years, Don Single Nwuzor. Despite efforts to revive him, Mr. Ibu did not survive.

The passing of Mr. Ibu marks the end of an era in Nigerian cinema, as he was not only a prolific actor but also a beloved figure known for his infectious humor and larger-than-life personality. Tributes have poured in from fans, fellow actors, and industry insiders, honoring his contributions to Nollywood and the legacy he leaves behind.

The family of Mr. Ibu, in their statement shared on social media, expressed their grief over the loss of their beloved patriarch. They acknowledged the challenges he faced in his health journey and thanked fans for their unwavering support during this difficult time.

As the Nigerian entertainment community mourns the loss of one of its brightest stars, Mr. Ibu's memory will continue to live on through his iconic performances and the laughter he brought to millions of viewers around the world. May his soul rest in peace.

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