Mr. Ibu: Is John Okafor, the Veteran Actor, Deceased or Alive?

Posted By Michael Amos

John Ikechukwu Okafor (born 17 October 1961), widely recognized by his stage name, Mr. Ibu, is a celebrated Nigerian actor and comedian who has made a significant mark in the entertainment industry. Known for his exceptional comic skills, he is regarded as one of Nigeria’s most gifted performers in the realm of humour. 

Mr. Ibu began his acting career in the early 2000s after being born on October 17, 1961, in Nkanu West Local Government Area, Enugu State, Nigeria. He has established himself as a significant player in the industry, having a résumé that includes over 200 Nollywood films. 

He has been in several important films, including Mr. Ibu (2004), Mr. Ibu in London (2004), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006), and Keziah (2007).

What happened to Mr. Ibu? 

Nigerian actor Mr. Ibu, also known by his birth name John Okafor, recently underwent two successful surgeries. He had utilized social media to ask for financial support to cover the expenses of his medical treatments. 

Providing an update on his condition, Okafor‘s adopted daughter, Jazmine Okafor, took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to announce that his health is steadily improving. In a recent video update, Martins Vincent Otse, popularly known as VeryDarkMan on TikTok and a well-known influencer, shared the latest updates on the actor Mr. Ibu‘s health condition.

According to VeryDarkManMr. Ibu is set to undergo two surgeries as certain body parts have begun to deteriorate. According to VeryDarkMan, the actor in question has a medical ailment that has caused many body components to break down and a blood clot to form in his thigh.

In response to this concerning circumstance, VeryDarkMan has suggested that the actor be sent overseas for more intensive and demanding treatment. Social media users have been highly active since this announcement, with many wishing the actor a speedy recovery.

According to a video shared by social media critic VeryDarkManStella Maris strongly believes that the Guild’s statement is false and merely an attempt to hide the reality. She disclosed that she did not receive any support from the union before her husband’s health emergency, and her efforts to contact the Actors Guild were futile.

After the accusations made by Stella MarisKate Henshaw responded with a strong rebuttal, claiming that Stella was spreading false information. She confidently affirmed that the Guild has supported Mr. Ibu since 2021. While acknowledging Stella‘s state of distress, Kate emphasized that calling the Guild unhelpful is not a truthful statement.

Is Mr. Ibu Still Alive

Despite the numerous speculations in the media, it’s essential to clarify that John Okafor, famously known as Mr. Ibu, is very much alive and is currently in the midst of a surgical procedure.

The rumours that Mr. Ibu is dead are completely false.


The situation surrounding Mr. Ibu‘s health emergency and the response from the Actors Guild remains unresolved. While Stella Maris has made serious accusations, Kate Henshaw‘s rebuttal suggests there may be more to the story than meets the eye. 

As the public awaits further updates, it is clear that tensions within the entertainment industry are running high, and the fate of Mr. Ibu‘s health and career hangs in the balance.

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