John Okafor Biography
John Okafor populary known as Mr. Ibu, is a Nigerian actor and comedian. Mr. Ibu was born on 17 October 1961 in Nkanu West, Nigeria. He is considered to be one of the most talented comic characters in Nigeria.
Mr Ibu humorous acting is often characterized by stupidity, hilarious imbecility and a sharp disconnection from reality.
Okafor who had a rough and terrible childhood came from a poor family, infact, they were the “Poorest” in his village in Enugu state. Mr Ibu once worked as a firewood seller, an hair dresser and a butcher to feed his family.
John Okafor Age
John Okafor was born on 17 October 1961 in Nkanu West, Nigeria. He is 56 years old as of 2018.
John Okafor Wife – John Okafor Wedding
John Okafor is married to Stella Maris Okafor.
John Okafor Children – John Okafor Family
He has three children with Stella Maris Okafor; a daughter Chelsea Okafor and two sons Emmanuel Mandela Okafor and Jay Jay Okafor.
John Okafor Son Dies
John Okafor lost his 2-year-old son, Emmanuel Mandela Okafor in January 2011.
In an interview with Entertainment Xpress Mr Ibu said his ex-wife (name withheld) planned the January 4, 2011′ kidnap of his new wife, Stella Maris and her baby.
“My ex-wife and her cohorts planned and kidnapped my wife and child; they were later released after 10 days. I paid the ransom and they came home twelve hours later. That child died a year later through poison. The facts later came out but I don’t want to act on it now. She has made several attempts on my life and that of my immediate family. You will be surprised the day you hear what really happened, but I don’t want to go into details now.”
Mr Ibu – John Okafor Acting Career
John Okafor acting career began in December 3, 1978. According to Mr Ibu, he had to trek from Ajao Estate to Festac Lagos state for Auditions and rehearsals on daily basis.
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Mr Ibu came into limelight in 2004 in one of the movies he was featured titled “MR IBU” which actually gave him the popular nick name: MR IBU because of his funny role as a father of a troublesome kid.
John Okafor has acted in more than 200 movies including Mr.Ibu (2004), Mr.Ibu in London (2004), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and Keziah (2007).
John Okafor Net Worth
John Okafor is one of the of the richest and most influential actor in Nigeria. He has an estimated net worth of $4.2 million.
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Mr Ibu Movies – John Okafor Movies
John Okafor has acted in more than 70 movies including.
- 2015 – Honeymoon Guys 2
- 2011 – Open & Close
- 2011 – Open & Close 2
- 2010 – Most Wanted Kidnappers
- 2010 – Most Wanted Kidnappers 2
- 2009 – Yahoozee Prophets
- 2009 – Yahoozee Prophets 2
- 2008 – Mental Case
- 2008 – Mental Case 2
- 2008 – The Tusk of Life
- 2008 – The Tusk of Life 2
- 2007 – Bafana Bafana
- 2007 – Bafana Bafana 2
- 2007 – Basket Mouth
- 2007 – Basket Mouth 2
- 2007 – Desperate Search
- 2007 – Desperate Search 2
- 2007 – How Far?
- 2007 – How Far? 2
- 2007 – Keziah
- 2007 – Keziah 2
- 2007 – Toronto Connection
- 2007 – Toronto Connection 2
- 2006 – A Fool at 40
- 2006 – A Fool at 40 2
- 2006 – Brain Wash
- 2006 – Brain Wash 2
- 2006 – Captain
- 2006 – Captain 2
- 2006 – Captain 3
- 2006 – Chelsea/Liverpool
- 2006 – Chelsea/Liverpool 2
- 2006 – Dear Mama
- 2006 – Final Surrender
- 2006 – Final Surrender 2
- 2006 – Four Forty
- 2006 – Four Forty 2
- 2006 – Men on the Run
- 2006 – Men on the Run 2
- 2006 – Over Heat
- 2006 – Over Heat 2
- 2006 – Recharge Card
- 2006 – Recharge Card 2
- 2006 – Store Keeper
- 2006 – Store Keeper 2
- 2006 – Sweet Mama
- 2006 – Sweet Mama 2
- 2006 – The Journalist
- 2006 – The Journalist 2
- 2006 – The Return of Mama-G
- 2005 – 9 Wives
- 2005 – 9 Wives 2
- 2005 – Circle of Lives
- 2005 – Common Sense
- 2005 – Common Sense 2
- 2005 – Joshua
- 2005 – Joshua 2
- 2005 – The Councillor
- 2005 – The Councillor 2
- 2004 – Dollars from Germany
- 2004 – Dollars from Germany 2
- 2004 – James & John
- 2004 – Mr Ibu
- 2004 – Mr Ibu 2
- 2004 – Mr Ibu in London
- 2004 – Unbreakable
- 2003 – Bullet
- 2003 – Bullet 2
- 2003 – Civil War
- 2003 – Fresh Pain
- 2003 – Fresh Pain 2
- 2003 – Informant
- 2003 – Naomi
- 2003 – Ngozi: Abeg Marry Us
- 2003 – Nicodemus
- 2003 – Police Recruit
- 2000 – Vuga 2
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I almost committed suicide out of poverty – Mr Ibu
Source: Premium Times Nigeria
Nollywood comic star, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, said he was suicidal before attaining his present celebrity status.
Ibu , the fifth Nigerian celebrity visiting the #BBNaija housemates on Day 31, narrated his experience during the dairy session with `Biggie’ in the Diary Room.
The comic actor said he `nearly’ committed suicide during “his struggles in life.”
“Do you know that there was a day I prepared to kill myself in Ajao Estate; that day I was preparing to jump into a well because of the situation that surrounded me.
“Three days before that day, I had not eaten and I did not have hope of eating for the next week; I was only surviving on water and I hate it when I bother anyone.
“Most of my close friends were not bothered about my well-being even though it was obvious that I was not alright,’’
“The friend I used to squat with threw me out of his house because he wanted to travel for Christmas and will not allow me stay in his house.
“From where I seated, there was a well; as I opened the lid and prepared to jump inside, the image of my mother’s face flashed through my mind.
“I quickly closed the well and began to wonder how my mother who at that time was alive knew that I wanted to kill myself; I went back and leaned on the wall,” Ibu said.
According to him, the song, “When I got my feet back again’’ by Michael Bolton being playing by a neighbour gave him hope and he decided to stay alive.
He said, “One of my friends, Frank came back from London; he gave me a flat in his flat; he started taking me out and buying clothes for me; it was from there I got my footing.”
Earlier, while interacting with the housemates, the funny actor informed them that he had been watching the game back home and admonished them to be humble.
He said he was proud to be a Nigerian and gave them advice that could enhance their acts after leaving the house.
“As soon as you come back from there, follow it up; don’t stop, engage yourselves in movies, musical or anything that keeps you prominent, like being consistence in the game of awareness.
“Our country Nigeria is a fine country; we are giant of Africa,” Ibu stressed. The housemates who were excited to see him, took part in a “selfie’’ session with Ibu before his exist from the house. NAN also reports that Ibu has joined other Nigerian entertainers like Emmanuel Ikubese, Mr Nigeria; Falz the bad guy and Ice Price who had earlier visited the house.