False Rumors Surrounding Nollywood Legend John Okafor (Mr. Ibu) Put to Rest: In recent days, social media platforms have been abuzz with distressing and erroneous rumors regarding the passing of one of Nigeria’s most beloved Nollywood icons, John Okafor, affectionately known as Mr. Ibu.
These rumors have cast a shadow of uncertainty and concern over his well-being, sparking a wave of false information. However, it is imperative to set the record straight: Mr. Ibu is very much alive.
To provide clarity and insight into his current situation, his daughter has shared a significant update on his health, revealing a story of resilience in the face of adversity. Here’s what we know about his health condition now.
Is Mr Ibu Aka John Okafor Dead or Alive?
Rumors concerning the passing of one of Nigeria’s most celebrated Nollywood actors, John Okafor, famously known as Mr. Ibu, recently spread like wildfire across social media. However, it is essential to clarify that these rumors have now been unequivocally debunked – Mr. Ibu is very much alive.
Mr. Ibu’s daughter provided an update on his health, stating that he has undergone two successful surgeries. Previously, he had reached out on social media seeking financial assistance for his medical needs, which garnered significant attention.
It’s important to note that Mr. Ibu has been facing health challenges and is currently receiving intensive medical care. Reports suggest that he fell seriously ill, allegedly due to poisoning by someone envious of his success.
Subsequently, he was admitted to the hospital, where doctors meticulously diagnosed his condition. During this trying time, he experienced fear and thoughts of what lay beyond, yet he has managed to overcome these challenges and is on the road to recovery.
Daughter’s Message of Hope Amidst Adversity
His adopted daughter shared a reassuring update on Mr. Ibu’s improving health through an Instagram post. In her message, she praised Mr. Ibu’s incredible strength, highlighting that despite undergoing two significant surgeries, he continued to display his characteristic sense of humor, as if the medical procedures had not affected him.
“Never seen anyone so strong… even after two major surgeries, you were still trying to be funny like nothing happened, even in your lowest you still cracked jokes!” “I promise you, if there’s a God in heaven, you are getting out of this bed, stronger and alive. This is the strongest I have seen you in 3 weeks and I’m so excited! Fight this and get well soon, sweet papa.” please note that this man is not dead but in bad condition all he needs is your prayers”
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“Friend and Former Manager Debunks False Reports of Mr. Ibu’s Passing”
Chochoo, a close friend and former manager of the esteemed actor John Okafor, affectionately known as Mr. Ibu, has strongly refuted the widespread rumors of the actor’s demise.
During an exclusive conversation with news channels, this friend of the actor emphatically clarified that, in contrast to the misleading information circulating on social media, Mr. Ibu is very much alive. Furthermore, it was disclosed that the actor, who is currently grappling with health issues, is scheduled for surgery either on Saturday or early Sunday morning.
In a candid telephone discussion, the friend of thespian Mr. Ibu candidly remarked that there have been recurring instances in the past two months where false claims about the actor’s death have proliferated in the online sphere. This underscores the urgency of clarifying the actor’s current status and dispelling these baseless reports.
Chochoo said, “He has been dying online for about two months now. I don’t know where they are getting the news from because online he is already dead but offline he is still alive. He is having another operation either today or tomorrow morning. I was his former manager but we are still very close. Online he is dead already but he is very much alive in reality.”
While clearing the air, he further noted that contrary to reports of amputation of the actor’s leg due to diabetes, it is only two toes that are affected that may be cut off. In his words, the toes were ‘getting rotten’.
“He has had some complications based on his health but this time he is battling with diabetes. Contrary to reports online that they want to cut off his leg, the doctors advised him to cut off two toes because they have been affected by the illness because they were getting rotten.”
Mr. Ibu’s Battle with Illness and the Power of Prayer
Amidst the recent wave of information surrounding John Okafor, widely recognized as Mr. Ibu, his health struggles have taken center stage. It is no secret that he is currently enduring a severe medical condition, requiring intensive medical attention.
Speculations have arisen, suggesting that Mr. Ibu’s illness may have been triggered by the unfortunate act of poisoning, presumably driven by envy towards his remarkable success.
In the face of these challenges, Mr. Ibu was promptly admitted to the hospital, where medical professionals, akin to prophetic figures, diligently assessed his condition. During this trying period, he grappled with profound fear, even glimpsing visions of what lies beyond.
It is of utmost importance to underline that Mr. Ibu’s life has not been claimed by his health struggles. He remains in critical condition and relies on our collective support and, most importantly, our prayers as he embarks on this courageous journey toward recovery.
Mr. Ibu’s Health Struggles: A History of Health Challenges
Nigerian actor John Okafor, known as Mr. Ibu, is currently undergoing medical treatment in a Lagos hospital. On October 18, he reached out to his fans on Instagram, seeking financial aid for a serious medical condition. He revealed that doctors had warned him of the possibility of amputating one of his legs.
This recent health scare isn’t Mr. Ibu’s first. In March 2022, his adopted daughter, Lady Jasmine, drew attention to his health when he was hospitalized.
The exact diagnosis was not disclosed, but he spent several days at the Zenith Medical and Kidney Centre in Abuja. Industry colleagues, including Monalisa Chinda, visited him during his hospital stay.
In an interview after his discharge, Mr. Ibu claimed he was poisoned in his hometown, which led to his hospitalization in Abuja. He expressed gratitude for his recovery.
He was admitted to the hospital again in May 2022, even spending his wedding anniversary there. Fortunately, by June 2022, he had recovered and resumed work in the entertainment industry.
In September 2023, Mr. Ibu celebrated his 40th year in the industry, but his health took another hit shortly after the event.
Colleagues Rally for Support
Following Mr. Ibu’s plea for help, several colleagues in the entertainment industry used their platforms to raise awareness about his situation. Veteran actor Kanayo O. Kanayo released a video, encouraging industry peers and kind-hearted Nigerians to contribute to Mr. Ibu’s medical expenses. Celebrities like Davido, Tunde Ednut, and Paul Okoye pledged their support for the ailing actor.
How You Can Help
In a heartfelt video, Mr. Ibu shared that doctors had mentioned the possibility of amputation if his condition didn’t improve. He humbly requested the public’s support through prayers.
His daughter, Jasmine, revealed she has been covering the hospital bills out of her pocket and is now seeking assistance. Mr. Ibu’s bank account details have been shared for those willing to contribute to his well-being. A direct mobile number is also available for anyone who wishes to extend their support.
“Wishing Mr. Ibu a swift and complete recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time. May you regain your health and vitality soon.” 🙏💙 #GetWellSoonMrIbu
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Lavanya (Senior Editor) is a full-time content writer with almost 5 years of experience and a part-time teacher. She joined Medico Topics on the Breaking News trainee scheme in 2022 and now works on MedicoTopics.com. As a lifelong learner, She is constantly curious about learning new things and passionate about sharing knowledge with people through her writing and teaching.