Nigeria: Tributes Pour in for Nigerian Comic Actor Mr. Ibu After His Untimely Passing at 62

Nigeria: Tributes Pour in for Nigerian Comic Actor Mr. Ibu After His Untimely Passing at 62

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

On March 4, 2024, the entertainment industry and the nation at large were hit by the tragic news of the passing of two renowned comic actors, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, and Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, fondly referred to as Sisi Quadri.

President Bola Tinubu expressed deep sadness upon hearing the news and extended his condolences to the families of the two thespians, acknowledging their ability to bring joy and relief to millions of Nigerians through their talents.

Likewise, presidential candidates Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election, recognized Mr. Ibu’s immense contribution to the entertainment industry and the nation. They offered prayers for the families of the deceased and the nation as a whole.

Hannatu Musawa, the Minister of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, described Mr. Ibu’s passing as a significant loss to the entertainment industry. She expressed shock at the unfortunate timing of his death, coming only 24 hours after the passing of another Nollywood actor, Sisi Quadri.

In a similar vein, Atiku Abubakar acknowledged the profound impact Mr. Ibu had on people’s lives through his entertainment. He lamented the loss of two great Nigerians who contributed to both the creative and sports industries, referring also to the death of Bidemi Aluko Olaseni, a former Super Falcons goalkeeper.

Peter Obi, in his condolence message, described Mr. Ibu as a legendary comic actor who brought laughter and joy to many. He emphasized the importance of artists like Mr. Ibu in helping people navigate through life’s challenges. He expressed condolences to Mr. Ibu’s family, the Actors Guild of Nigeria, and the entire Nollywood community.

Dr. Yunusa Tanko, the chief spokesman for Obi-Datti and Director of Media for the Labour Party, highlighted Mr. Ibu’s contribution to the entertainment industry and his unique comedic style. He offered prayers for comfort to the bereaved family during this difficult time.

John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, passed away at the age of 62 due to a cardiac arrest while receiving treatment at Evercare Hospital in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Chief Emeka Rollas, confirmed the sad news and expressed his deep sense of grief. He revealed that Mr. Ibu had been battling cardiac arrest for 24 years.

Mr. Ibu’s colleagues in the entertainment industry, including Bob Manuel-Udokwu, Charles Inojie, Nkem Owoh (Osuofia), Matthew Simpa, Destiny Etiko, and Mercy Johnson-Okojie, took to social media to express their grief over his passing. They described him as a legend and a quintessential creative, praying for his soul to rest in peace.

The late Mr. Ibu had his left leg amputated last year after appealing for financial assistance due to his deteriorating health. Despite his health challenges, he continued to entertain and bring joy to audiences through his performances.

The passing of Mr. Ibu and Sisi Quadri marks a significant loss to the Nigerian entertainment industry. Their contributions to the creative arts will be remembered and celebrated by fans and colleagues alike.

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