John Okafor, the ace Nigerian actor better known as Mr Ibu, says he’s convinced he would live up to 100 years.


The Nollywood actor was speaking on the occasion of his 61st birthday.

“It’s another God-sent day for me. I have completed 61 years. I can’t believe this. My mother died at 90-91 years almost,” he said.

“I said I was going to go 100. It is by God’s power, not by man’s might. I don’t know what’s going to happen when I go 100. But I know I want to leave a history in this country.”


Mr. Ibu is considered to be one of Nollywood’s most talented comic characters.

His humorous acting is often marked for its hilarity and a sharp disconnection from reality.

Ibu hails from Enugu state. After elementary school in 1974, he 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 finance.

He later enrolled in the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) as soon as he was financially buoyant.


Ibu has acted in more than 200 Nollywood movies including ‘Mr.Ibu’ (2004) and ‘Mr. Ibu and His Son’.

Other films he has also stared in include ‘Coffin Producers’, ‘Husband Suppliers’, ‘International Players’, ‘Mr. Ibu in London’ (2004), ‘Police Recruit’ (2003), ‘9 Wives’ (2005), ‘Ibu in Prison’ (2006), and ‘Keziah’ (2007).

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