What Happened to Mr Ibu?

What happened to Mr Ibu? Veteran Nollywood actor Mr Ibu sickness that he thought he was rid of has returned with a vengeance and he’s now seeking help.

Mr Ibu born John Okafor is in trouble as a serious sickness has left him bedridden and in serious risk of losing his life.

In a viral Instagram video on Wednesday, October 18th 2023, the comic actor solicited the prayers and financial assistance of his fans.

Mr Ibu revealed what had happened to him as he said he has been hospitalised for two weeks because of “a strange and dangerous illness”.

The 62-year-old actor, who also celebrated his birthday on his sickbed, said his doctors have recommended the amputation of his legs.

Mr Ibu pleaded with Nigerians to come to his aid before things get worse.

In this article, we will break down everything surrounding this issue.

So join us as we find out what happened to Mr Ibu and try to decipher Mr Ibu’s sickness.

What happened to Mr Ibu?

what happened to mr ibu

Popular Nollywood actor, John Okafor, fondly known as Mr Ibu, has been hospitalised lately and is requesting financial aid from Nigerians to settle his medical bills.

In a video posted on his Instagram page on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, the seriously sick Mr Ibu lay on his hospital bed and explained that he has been ill for weeks and not responding to treatment.

Weakly, he noted that he is at risk of having his leg amputated if he is unable to receive the proper treatments.

“While I am hoping for prayers and assistance, as I speak to you I am still lying down in the hospital. 

“The medical director of this hospital said that in case his new idea does not work, the next idea is to cut off my leg. 

“Just see me, if they cut off my leg where would I go? Pray for me, I don’t want my leg to be cut off, thank you so much, God, bless you,” said the actor.

Mr Ibu’s wife and daughter were also in the video, begging Nigerians to keep them in their prayers and lend financial assistance where necessary. 

His daughter revealed that she has been shouldering the bills since Mr Ibu fell sick.

Joining her father to beg for help, she said they would like to fly him abroad for more treatment.

She said, “I’ve been the one handling the bills and I am financially drained, we can’t do it alone. He’s not getting better, some days it looks like he is and other days it looks like he is getting worse,”

She added; “”We are still at the hospital and they want to transfer him to another hospital because he is not getting better. 

“We want to appeal to Nigerian individuals or organisations to please fly daddy abroad for better treatment. This is not the first time daddy is down like this.”

If you feel inclided to help with what happened to Mr Ibu then the actor left his account numbers on the video to seek help.

Watch the video below…

Mr Ibu sickness

mr ibu sickness

Whilst many Nigerians are wondering what happened to Mr Ibu in this instance, this isn’t the first time the popular actor has fallen ill.

Mr Ibu suffered a sickness many years ago that also left him in very ill health, although he said he was poisoned at the time.

Speaking at Omega Power Ministry after recovering from a near death illness, he disclosed how a jealous family member poisoned him and his elder brother.

“I was poisoned, but not at an entertainment event in Abuja. I was poisoned in my home town, and then I journeyed to Abuja, where the poison affected me and grounded me,” he said.

He added: “I was poisoned by another person who doesn’t like me. He administered the poison to me, I tried to treat myself with local herbs but somebody told me not to approach the poison wrongly unless I was prepared to go to the other side.

“I was seeing myself going close to the other side but God said no.

“The same boy poisoned my elder brother. We are the same family but since God started helping me, I started buying things, buying motors, dashing people, build houses, he wasn’t happy. He was really looking for means to eliminate me but God said no.”

“It’s a long story because the sickness didn’t start today, all these while we’ve been running around, going from here to there, from one diagnosis to another, mentioned different names of sicknesses, I was even tired of the results, how could all these aliments be in one person’s body.”

That was the second time the life of the comic actor has been allegedly threatened through poisoning by his “kinsmen.”

In 2020, Mr Ibu put a message out that his kinsmen paid his domestic staff to poison him because of what he has been able to achieve for himself.

In an interview with a Nigerian TV station, Nigezi TV, Mr Ibu had earlier recounted how he was kidnapped and poisoned at an event in Nnewi in Anambra State.

He also noted that his protruding stomach was a result of the poison.

Mr Ibu has battled multiple sickness and it appears to have returned.


The below is culled from the wikipedia entry for Mr Ibu.

John Ikechukwu Okafor, (born 17 October 1961) popularly known as Mr. Ibu, is a Nigerian actor and comedian.

He hails from Nkanu West L.G.A., Enugu State. 

After elementary school, in 1974, Okafor moved to Sapele to stay with his brother, after his father’s demise.

In Sapele, he did menial jobs so he could sponsor himself to school and support his family.

He then worked as a hairstylist, ventured into photography and also worked in a company that produces crates. 

After secondary school, he was admitted into the College of Education, Yola, but pulled out due to financial difficulties.

He later enrolled in the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu as soon as he was financially able to.

Okafor has acted in more than 200 NollyWood movies including Mr.Ibu (2004), Mr. Ibu and His Son, Coffin Producers, Husband Suppliers, International Players, Mr.Ibu in London (2004), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and Keziah (2007).

Mr Ibu also ventured into music. He did music for a short period of time. On October 15, 2020 he released his songs titled This girl and Do you know.

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