In this article, we will be looking at Mr. Ibu(John Okafor) Biography, his wife, his health, and much more. John Okafor popularly addressed as Mr. Ibu is a Nigerian actor and comedian. He is known for his popular comedy movie titled “Mr. Ibu”. He thus gained his nickname from it. Mr Ibu is very talented in what he does particularly in making people laugh especially with his funny look and imbecility.
Mr. Ibu’s Bio-data in full Detail
- Full Name: John Ikechukwu Okafor
- Nickname: Mr. Ibu
- Date of Birth: 17th October 1961
- Age: 62years (as of December 2023)
- Place of Birth: Nkanu West, Enugu state, Nigeria
- State of Origin: Enugu State
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Relationship: married
- Partner: Stella Maris Okafor
- Children 3
- Net worth: $3million
Mr. Ibu’s Early life and education
Mr Ibu hails from Enugu State, Nkanu West L.G.A, Nigeria in 1961. He grew up in Enugu state but in 1974, after the loss of his father, he moved to Sapele to stay with his brother. There in Sapele, he became a domestic worker so that he could get money for his Education.
He worked as a hairstylist, and a photographer and he also worked in a beverage company. He successfully finished his secondary school education and later got admission into the College of Education in Yola, but he dropped out due to lack of money.
Lack of money did not stop Mr. Ibu from furthering his Education so as soon as he was financially stable, he was enrolled in the Institute of Management and Technology IMT located in Enugu State.
Mr. Ibu Career
Mr. Ibu joined the Nigerian Movie industry in 1998 but he was not given high roles. Then. in 2004, he rose to prominence after the release of the comic movie “Mr. Ibu” where he played the role of the father of a troublesome son as played by Osita iheme.
The movie “Mr. Ibu” was taken to another interesting level when it was acted in London with the title, “Mr. Ibu in London” Mr. Ibu has also acted in more than 200 Nollywood movies.
Mr. Ibu also did music for some time. In October 2020, he released his songs titled, Do You Know and This Girl.
Mr. Ibu’s married life
Mr. Ibu got married twice. His first marriage was in 1998 unfortunately, things went bad between them and they separated. There is little information about his first wife but in an interview, Mr. Ibu mentioned that his first marriage was an ugly experience that made him stay away from women for many years.
In 2010, he had his traditional wedding with his second wife Stella Marris, and in 2015, they had their white wedding. the couple is still together to date and is blessed with 3 children.
Mr. Ibu’s Children
Mr. Ibu has three children (one adopted) namely Emanuel Mandela Okafor, Jay Jay Okafor, and Chelsea Okafor (Adopted). Unfortunately, on the 25th of January 2012, he lost his son Emmanuel Mandela Okafor to the cold hands of death on a Monday night.
Mr. Ibu(John Okafor) Awards and nominations
- Best Comic Actor in Nigeria- Africa Movie Academy Awards
- Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Member of the Order of the Federal Republic
- Best Actor in a Comedy-Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
Mr Ibu (John Okafor) movies
Here are some of Mr. Ibu’s movies
- Mr. Ibu
- Mr. Ibu in London
- 9 Wives
- Coffin Producers
- Police Recruit
- Fresh Pain
- Yahoozee prophets
- Basket Mouth
Mr. Ibu’s (John Okafor) Health challenges
In October 2023, John Okafor disclosed that he had a condition that would require him to amputate one of his legs. He added that he noticed the illness while working with other Nollywood actors and actresses.
He further took to social media to plea to his followers and the general public for money and prayers. On the 18th of October 2023, his whole medical bill was paid for by the Abubakar Saraki Foundation.
Mr. Ibu suffered from an illness that required seven surgeries and in November 2023, he had his leg amputated. His family mentioned that the amputation was done to sustain his life and help him recover fully.
Mr. Ibu’s (John Okafor) controversy with his wife Stella Marris
In February, Mrs Okafor Stella accused her husband of having an affair with his adopted daughter. She also claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse. However, the issue was resolved amicably.
Recently. Stella Okafor took to her Instagram to say that Jazmine, Mr. Ibu’s adopted daughter has hijacked the money donated to the actor. But Jasmine replied that she was not in charge of that account.
Is Mr. Ibu alive?
Although there are many rumors that the actor is dead, in reality, he is alive and responding to treatments.
Mr. Ibu cars
- BMW X6
- Mercedes-Benz C Class 2015
- Lexus LX 570
- Mercedes-Benz GLE
Mr Ibu Houses
Mr. Ibu (John Okafor) owns a 4-bedroom apartment in Agungi Lekki Lagos State, Nigeria.
Mr. Ibu(John Okafor) Net Worth
The comic actor’s net worth is estimated to be around $ 3 million
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