Seven Successful Surgeries and Ongoing Support for Nollywood Veteran
In a recent statement posted on actor John Okafor’s Instagram page, known as Mr. Ibu, his family revealed that one of his legs had to be amputated as part of his ongoing medical treatment to save his life. The actor had been facing severe health issues, which came to light in October, prompting a call for financial assistance for his treatment.
The statement expressed the family’s immense gratitude to the generous supporters who have contributed to Mr. Ibu’s recovery journey. It detailed that he has already undergone seven surgeries, with one of them being the amputation of a leg, in a desperate bid to increase his chances of survival.
The statement reads, “Good afternoon, Nigerians. We want to appreciate everyone who has come through for our dad; saying we are grateful is an understatement, and only the good Lord can thank you all enough for every help you’ve rendered.”
“As of 1 pm, noon today, Daddy has gone through 7 successful surgeries, but to keep him alive and increase his chances of recovery, one of his legs had to be amputated.”
The family acknowledged the difficulty of this development but emphasised that it was a necessary step to ensure Mr. Ibu’s survival. They continued to appeal for support from well-meaning Nigerians, stating that he remains in a delicate condition and in need of all the help he can get.
They further expressed their gratitude and assured that Mr. Ibu would personally acknowledge all the supporters once he stabilises.
Background on John Okafor (Mr. Ibu):
John Okafor, widely recognised as Mr. Ibu, hails from Nkanu West L.G.A., Enugu State. His journey to success involved overcoming financial difficulties and pursuing various jobs, including hairstyling, photography, and work in a crate production company. Despite financial obstacles, he pursued education, eventually enrolling in the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu.
Mr. Ibu’s illustrious career spans over 200 Nollywood movies, including notable titles such as “Mr. Ibu” (2004), “Mr. Ibu 2” (2005), and “Mr. Ibu in London” (2005). He also briefly ventured into music, releasing songs in October 2020.
In October 2023, Mr. Ibu revealed his health challenges, which threatened the amputation of one of his legs. This health issue arose while he was on a movie set with other Nollywood actors and actresses. He sought prayers and financial assistance to cover his medical bills and shared a video from his hospital bed expressing his fears of losing his leg.