Is Mr. Ibu still alive 2024: The Legacy of Mr. Ibu, Remembering a Nollywood Icon

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Written By Drew Gomez






The Nigerian entertainment industry mourns the loss of one of its most beloved figures, John Ikechukwu Okafor, known to many as Mr. Ibu. His passing on March 2, 2024, has left fans and colleagues reflecting on his impactful career and the joy he brought to audiences.

The Life and Laughter of Mr. Ibu

Mr. Ibu was renowned for his comedic roles, particularly the character that shared his nickname, which he portrayed in the eponymous film “Mr. Ibu” in 2004. This role catapulted him to fame and became a defining moment in his career, leading to over 200 film appearances.

Tributes Pour In

Tributes from across the industry have poured in, with the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, expressing a deep sense of grief over the loss. Colleagues like Mercy Johnson-Okojie and Peter of P-Square have shared their condolences, highlighting the void Mr. Ibu’s departure has created.


As we bid farewell to Mr. Ibu, we celebrate the legacy he leaves behind—a legacy of laughter and entertainment that transcended borders. His work in Nollywood will continue to be cherished, and his memory will live on in the hearts of many. Mr. Ibu’s passing is not just the end of an era but a reminder of the indelible mark one individual can leave on an entire industry. Rest in peace, Mr. Ibu.

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