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Mr Ibu: Biography, Education, Career, Marriage, Net Worth, Achievements and Controversy



By Balogun Kamilu Lekan


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John Ikechukwu Okafor, famously known as Mr Ibu, was a Nigerian actor, producer, writer and comedian.

He was born on 17 October 1961 in Enugu State. Mr Ibu was 62 years as of 2023.

The veteran comic actor died on March 2, 2024.

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The veteran actor is considered one of nigeria’s most talented comic actors.

His abilities to project humour with a funny look and imitate imbecility gave him an edge above others in the Nigerian comic movie industry.


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After his secondary school education, Mr Ibu got admitted into the College of Education, Yola but dropped out due to financial constraints.

He later enrolled  Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu for a degree


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John Okafor joined the Nigerian movie industry in 1998 but could not get lucrative roles as producers did not give him a chance to showcase his talent in major projects.

He rose to prominence in 2004 for his role in the blockbuster comic movie, “Mr. Ibu,”. He played the role of the father of a troublesome son. Osita Iheme played the role of the son.

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The duo made the movie an extremely comic one that spread all over the country, and it was recognized as the best comedy project then.

His effort in the movie bagged him the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Comic Actor in Nigeria in 2005.

He also earned his nickname “Mr Ibu” from the movie.

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Okafor has acted in more than 200 Nollywood movies, including Mr Ibu and His Son, Coffin Producers, Husband Suppliers, International Players, Mr.Ibu in London, Police Recruit, 9 Wives, Ibu in Prison and Keziah.

The veteran actor is also one of the most influential Nigerian actors.


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John Okafor is happily married with children.

Net worth

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Mr Ibu’s net worth is estimated at $4.5 million. However. NewsWireNgr cannot independently verify this


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  • Mr Ibu in London
  • Mr Ibu
  • James & John
  • Dollars from Germany
  • Unbreakable
  • Bullet
  • Fresh Pain
  • Civil War
  • Informant
  • Nicodemus
  • Ngozi: Abeg Marry Us
  • Bulley
  • Naomi
  • Police Recruit
  • Vuga
  • The Album 
  • The Eve
  • London Fever
  • Price of Deceit 
  • Honeymoon Guys
  • Chibundu
  • Ibu in Sierra Leone 
  • Oga Abuja 
  • Gold in Fire
  • Secret Past
  • Open & Close
  • Sherikoko
  • Most Wanted Kidnappers
  • Yahoozee Prophets
  • The Tusk of Life
  • Mental Case
  • Desperate Search
  • Bafana Bafana
  • Keziah
  • Toronto Connection 
  • How Far?
  • Basket Mouth 
  • Men on the Run 
  • Sweet Mama
  • Dear Mama
  • Store Keeper
  • Chelsea/Liverpool
  • Four Forty
  • Final Surrender 2
  • A Fool at 40 
  • Over Heat
  • Recharge Card
  • Brain Wash
  • The Journalist
  • The Return of Mama-G
  • Captain
  • 9 Wives
  • Joshua 
  • The Councillor
  • Common Sense
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Awards and nominations

  • Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. 
  • Best Comic Actor in Nigeria – Africa Movie Academy Awards 
  • Best Actor in a Comedy – Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
  • Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)


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