Veteran Nollywood actor Mr Ibu dies aged 62

Okafor, 62, has starred in dozens of Nollywood films, including Keziah, 9 Wives and Mr Ibu in London

Veteran Nollywood actor and comedian, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu has died.

Okafor, 62, has starred in dozens of Nollywood films, including Keziah, 9 Wives and Mr Ibu in London.

The popular Nigerian comic actor had his leg amputated in November 2023 for medical reasons.

Veteran Nollywood actor, Anayo Modestus Onyekwere, popularly known as Kanayo O. Kanayo confirmed the news on his Facebook page by writing Hmmm.


Many fans have shared condolences on X, reminiscing movies the late actor has featured in.

Below is one of his popular movies, Mr Ibu in London:

About John Okafor

John Ikechukwu Okafor, famously known as Mr Ibu, is a Nigerian actor, producer, writer and comedian.

He was born on 17 October 1961 in Enugu State. Mr Ibu is 62 years as of 2023

The veteran actor is considered one of Nigeria’s most talented comic actors. His abilities to project humour with a funny look and imitate imbecility gave him an edge above others in the Nigerian comic movie industry.


After his secondary school education, Mr Ibu got admitted into the College of Education, Yola but dropped out due to financial constraints.

He later enrolled Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu for a degree.


John Okafor joined the Nigerian movie industry in 1998 but could not get lucrative roles as producers did not give him a chance to showcase his talent in major projects.

He rose to prominence in 2004 for his role in the blockbuster comic movie, “Mr. Ibu,”. He played the role of the father of a troublesome son. Osita Iheme played the role of the son.

The duo made the movie an extremely comic one that spread all over the country, and it was recognized as the best comedy project then.

His effort in the movie bagged him the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Comic Actor in Nigeria in 2005.

He also earned his nickname “Mr Ibu” from the movie.

Okafor has acted in more than 200 Nollywood movies, including Mr Ibu and His Son, Coffin Producers, Husband Suppliers, International Players, Mr. Ibu in London, Police Recruit, 9 Wives, Ibu in Prison and Keziah.



Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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