Nigeria is mourning the loss of beloved Nollywood actor John Okafor, famously known as Mr Ibu, who passed away at 62.

Emeka Rollas, President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, confirmed the sad news, citing a cardiac arrest as the cause of death.

Okafor gained fame through his iconic role in the film “Mr Ibu” and went on to star in over 200 Nollywood productions.

His comedic talent brought joy to many, earning him a special place in the hearts of Nigerians.

Actress Mercy Johnson-Okojie and former UN rapporteur Joy Ezeilo paid tribute to Okafor’s legacy, highlighting his ability to bring laughter to audiences.

Nigeria’s Culture Minister, Hannatu Musawa, acknowledged Okafor’s significant impact on Nigerian families, describing him as a household name.

Okafor’s health struggles became public knowledge last year, leading to a crowdfunding campaign for his medical expenses.

Tragically, despite efforts to support him, his health continued to deteriorate. His son and adopted daughter are currently facing legal troubles related to financial mismanagement, adding further complexity to Okafor’s final years.

Okafor’s passing marks the end of a tumultuous period in his life, characterized by health challenges and family disputes. Despite these difficulties, his comedic genius and enduring legacy will be remembered by generations of Nigerians.

(Adapted from BBC News, with a focus on the impact of Okafor’s legacy and challenges in his final years.)

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