FACT CHECK: Is Nollywood Comic Actor Mr Ibu Dead?


CLAIM: A post published in Nigeria on the social networking site, Facebook, concerning the alleged demise of a notable Nigerian personality, has been circulating since October 2023.

The claim alleged that prominent Nollywood actor, John Ikechukwu Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, is dead. Enugu-born Mr Ibu is battling a health challenge that has cost him his leg.

The post reads on Thursday, October 26: “Hello everyone am (sic) here to let you know that JOHN OKAFOR POPULAR KNW AS MR IBU JUST LOST HIS LIFE FEW MINUTES AGO”.

The claim also appeared on Facebook here and here. On Tuesday afternoon, November 14, Legit.ng still sighted the claim on a Facebook user’s page. See here.

Several users sent their condolences. But has Okafor died?

Nollywood star, Mr Ibu is alive Considering how famous Mr Ibu is in Nigeria, news of his death would have made headlines had it been true.

The media reported that Mr Ibu is recovering from multiple surgeries — as shared by his family.

VERDICT:  Here’s what we know

Our verdict is that Mr Ibu is still alive. ‘Amputation only way to keep Mr Ibu alive’

On Monday, November 6, Legit.ng reported that Mr Ibu’s family released a statement on the way they were able to keep the thespian alive. Mr Ibu’s family presented reasons for opting for amputation.

Following reports by a social media personality, Verydarkman, that one of the comic actor’s legs had been amputated, his family gave an update. 

Also his colleague and friend Popular Nollywood actor, Charles Inojie visited him and narrated how he met his colleague in the make believe industry Mr Ibu after his leg was amputated.

Legit.ng also reported that as much as sympathy and solidarity messages troop in for Mr Ibu, some have turned his cry for help into a trending topic on social media. Famous social media commentator, Reno Omokri, used his platform to seek financial support for Mr Ibu. 

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