Renowned Nollywood Actor Mr Ibu Mourned by Government Officials for Untimely Death

Abuja, Nigeria – The recent passing of beloved Nollywood actor John Okafor, famously known as Mr. Ibu, has sparked deep sadness within the art, culture, and creative economy community in Nigeria. Mr. Ibu lost his battle with an illness that led to several surgeries, ultimately succumbing to cardiac arrest, as confirmed by Emeka Rollas, the national president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).

Hannatu Musa Musawa, the minister overseeing art, culture, and creative economy, expressed her grief over Mr. Ibu’s untimely death. She described his passing as one that hit close to home, following closely on the heels of another loss in the Nollywood industry with the demise of comic actor Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, also known as Sisi Quadri.

In a statement signed on March 2, 2024, Musawa lamented the unfortunate timing of Mr. Ibu’s death, noting the profound impact he had on audiences as a beloved household name in the entertainment industry. She highlighted his contributions to bringing joy to families throughout his acting career and expressed deep sadness over his passing.

The passing of Mr. Ibu marks a significant loss for the entertainment industry in Nigeria, with many mourning the departure of a talented actor known for his comedic roles. Musawa emphasized the void left by his absence and extended heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Additionally, Mr. Ibu’s family shared updates on his health struggles, revealing that he underwent multiple surgeries in a bid to recover. The public statement issued by the family expressed gratitude to all who generously contributed to supporting Mr. Ibu during his time of need.

As the Nigerian entertainment community mourns the loss of Mr. Ibu, tributes pour in for the late actor, celebrating his legacy and the laughter he brought to audiences throughout his illustrious career. His memory lives on through his work, touching the hearts of fans and fellow industry professionals alike.