John Ikechukwu Okafor, professionally known as known as Mr. Ibu, is a Nigerian actor and comedian. Okafor is considered to be one of Nigeria’s most talented comic characters in the Nigeria film industry. John’s movies are very amusing with eye catching scenes most especially when featured with other top comic characters.
John Okafor’s Biography
Mr. Ibu (John Okafor) is a native of Nkanu West Local Govt, Enugu State, was born on Sunday, 17th October, 1971. After his primary education, in 1974, He moved to Sapele in Delta state to Live with his brother, after his father’s painful exit. In Sapele, he did menial jobs like selling of minerals selling of food Stuffs so he could sponsor himself to school and also support his immediate family.
Mr. Ibu worked as a hairstylist then, opted to work as a photographer which he did and also worked in a company that specialized in crate production. After his secondary education, he was admitted into the College of Education, Yola, but pulled out unfortunately due to insufficient funds to fend for himself. As time went on John later applied for the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) as soon as he was financially able to fend for himself. The prolific actor has been gracing the screens of millions of Nigerians, and he has made his presence widely felt in the Nigeria film industry. Many thinks the veteran actor is uneducated due to how he behaves in movies but that’s just a fallacy.
During the Biafran war, John Okafor (Mr. Ibu) went to school, the sudden announcement of the war on January 15th 1966 came just a week after he had resumed school, but John saw all of these as fun due to the way it presented itself. In the same year, 1976 his dad and five members of his family were killed by poisoning. The person responsible for such act has been revealed on several occasions by Mr Ibu’s Father.
Mr. Ibu’s ex-wife held captive, his immediate wife and son according to him, and were released 10 days later Immediately the required ransom was met. Sadly, his son died the following year in circumstances that weren’t just ordinary and looked very similar to John’s Father’s case when he died which was also the situation of food poisoning.
The seasoned actor surprisingly does not know how to cook. During the Biafra era, one of his brothers would cook the lizards that they frequently ate and of course now he does not really need to learn that particular skill.
Other skills that he does have however include hairdressing and styling. This was one of the odd jobs that he did to get by in his youth and he apparently got so good at it that his customers became so reliant on him that they would wait if they did not find him present at the salon. He even owned a hotel called ECOWAS, which he ran before his initial movies became best sellers.
How Old is Mr Ibu?
Mr. Ibu was born on Sunday 17th October, 1971. The comic actor is 52 years old this 2023. He has a tradition of celebrating his birthdays with friends, families and colleagues in the industry as well as assisting the needy.
Mr Ibu’s Illness
The comic actor has been diagnosed of an illness that could have his leg cut off if an emergency treatment isn’t administered on him. On his IG page, Mr Ibu, also known as John Okafor was seen pleading for financial assistance from Nigerians. In his words on his hospital bed “
As I speak to you, I am still lying down in the hospital; the medical director of this hospital said that the best solution is that, in case his new idea didn’t work, the best idea is to cut off my leg.
“Just see me, if they cut off my leg, where do I go from here? Please pray for me, talk to God Almighty, and I don’t want my legs to be cut off. Thank you so much. God bless you.”
His daughter Jasmine could also be seen holding the accumulated bill, begged for help as she has been exhausted of all funds. She begged well meaningful Nigerians to come to the aid of her father as she does not want his leg cut off. Get well soon Mr Ibu.
John Okafor’s Movies
The Nigerian actor has featured with prominent veteran actors in the in the likes of Sam loko, Nkem Owoh popularly known as Osofia’ John Okafor has been a mentor to upcoming actors in the industry and has been responsible for the success of some of the big names in The Nigeria film industry today. He was mentor the very famous and talented actor Jim Iyke who came up to him on the scene of Vuga and showed interest in the industry. He walked him through and put him in eleven scenes of the production and today, Jim Iyke is a household name. Georgina Onuoha was also discovered on the set of Woman, a movie he was working on and she still pays homage to him.
After his long stint in the film industry, he has not only earned experience but wealth as well. He appears on the list of the 10 wealthiest actors in the Nollywood film industry. His attitude and his interpretation of roles have created a massive demand for the actor such that he has gone beyond the borders to work in international scenes like the Ibu Runs Mad in America which is a Hollywood and Nollywood joint project.
Many people aren’t aware that Mr Ibu is not just a humorous actor but also a singer as well and that makes him quite unique . they’re titled: This Girl 1 & 2. He penhants are, watching football and playing drought often times with his friends.. The comical antics of the humorous actor have also gone from the movie scenes into some of the music videos he has featured in. John ( Mr Ibu) has featured in over 150 Nigerian movies.
Some of Mr. Ibu’s movies till date
- The Councilor
- Mr. Ibu In London
- A fool at 40
- Police Recruits
- Men on the run
- Most wanted Kidnappers
- Over heat
- Bafana Bafana
- The return of Mama-G
- Desperate search
- Civil search
- Vugar and so many others, but just a few to mention.
John Okafor’s Net Worth (2023) – $2,000,000
The veteran actor is one of the richest and most influential in Nigeria with an estimated Net-worth of about $1,500,000 and with a number of exceptional eye catching movies that have received enormous sales, not excluding several endorsement deals and businesses as well.
John Okafor is one of the few Nigerian actors that have left his foot print already in the Nigerian film industry, considering how influential she has been in recent years. Having said all of these, John Okafor’s personal life, career and so many other achievements in the past has made her so famous that he his widely known both in Nigeria and Africa.
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