Born John Okafor on October 17, 1961, popularly called Mr Ibu is a Nigerian comic actor well known for his hilarious roles in Nollywood movies.
John Okafor is the first child in a family of eight and hails from Enugu state.
Mr Ibu had his primary and secondary education at Enugu and Delta state respectively. He studied Mass Communication at the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Enugu.
Okafor wasn’t born with a silver spoon so he had to get one for himself. He has done all manner of jobs from being a firewood seller to a hair dresser and a meat butcher.
John started his acting career on December 3, 1978 where he joined the Nigerian movie industry and rose to fame in 2004 for his role in the movie ‘Mr Ibu’ which earned him the nickname Mr Ibu.
Ever since he came to limelight, he has been one of the most sought after Nigerian comic actor with more than 100 nollywood movies to his name such as Mr Ibu in London, , Police Recruit, Keziah, 9 Wives and many others.
In fact, he has been a force to reckon with in the nollywood industry having shown an excellent interpretation of his roles.
Nevertheless, before John Okafor’s acting career, he was a boxer who dream of being a professional boxer until a fight a Delta state which turned out to be his last. The fight was a terrible one for him which he also lost one of his eye.
Okafor also became Coach of the national Actors Guild of Nigeria, He practiced Karate for 16 years and even taught martial arts at a secondary school in Onitsha.
Okafor got married to his wife, Stella Marris in 2015 and they had three children but unfortunately lost his first son, Emmanuel Okafor.
He has won numerous awards which include Best Comic Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
John Okafor signed an endorsement deal with Merrybet in 2014 and also with GoTv which is said to worth millions of naira. He is one of the most influential Nigerian comic actor with an estimated net worth of $4.2 million dollars.
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