Nollywood’s cherished comic actor, John Okafor, widely recognized as Mr. Ibu, is currently facing a severe health crisis that has left him and his family in distress. The actor, known for lighting up screens with his comedic genius, has been bedridden for several weeks due to a mysterious ailment that threatens the amputation of his leg.
In a series of heartfelt videos shared across various platforms, Mr. Ibu, from his hospital bed, made a passionate plea to his fans and fellow Nigerians. He expressed his fears, stating, “I have been down for so many weeks. All I’m hoping is your prayers and assistance. As I speak to you, I’m still laying down in the hospital. The medical director of this hospital said the best solution, in case his new idea doesn’t work, my legs will be cut off. If they cut off my legs, where do I go to from here? Please pray for me, talk to God almighty. I don’t want my legs to be cut off. Thank you, God bless you.”
His family, visibly shaken by the situation, also made appeals. His daughter, in a poignant moment, revealed the financial strain the family is under, stating that despite being in one of Lagos’ top private hospitals, her father’s condition hasn’t improved. She expressed her exhaustion and the family’s hope to possibly seek medical treatment abroad.
The situation has resonated deeply within the Nollywood community and beyond. Former federal lawmaker, Shehu Sani, committed to assisting the actor, describing Mr. Ibu as a beacon of joy for millions of Nigerians. Similarly, Nollywood stars and content creators, including Rachael Okonkwo and comedians like Sabinus and Crazeclown, have expressed their support and prayers for the actor’s swift recovery.
This outpouring of love and support underscores Mr. Ibu’s impact on the Nigerian entertainment scene. With a career spanning decades and roles in over 200 films, he has etched an indelible mark in the hearts of many. As the nation watches with bated breath, the collective hope is for a miracle that will see this beloved actor back on his feet, bringing laughter to homes once again.